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BB Students Buzz Over Geography Bee

News Release: Byron-Bergen Central Schools

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WBTA Evening Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Former Attica Guard Killed in Florida

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

GCC Women’s Basketball Rally Falls Short Against FLCC

News Release: GCC Sports

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

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

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

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

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

Join the Get Fit Program at YWCA


(Nutrition Lesson from the Alexander Session, Fall 2017)

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Albion Man Sentenced for Receipt of Child Pornography

Press Release:

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

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

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

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Evening News Briefing

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

PHOTO: Eddie “Pops” Miles

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

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

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

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

Drug Charges Filed After Washington Ave Domestic Incident

Eddie “Pops” Miles

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

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

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

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

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

Legislators to Hear Report from Jail Consultants

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

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

County Manager Jay Gsell,

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

Erratic Driving Complaint Leads to DWI Arrest

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

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

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

City Man Charged in New Year’s Accident

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

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

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

Liberty Street Teen Charged After Traffic Stop

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

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

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

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

Holland Ave man arrested on warrants for harassment

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

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

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

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

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

WBTA Sunday News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Downs Publicist Receives National Media Award

News Release: Batavia Downs

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Batavia Downs Media Relations

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

Accidents reported on Thruway and at Thruway overpass in Batavia

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

It was partially blocking the southbound lane.

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

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

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

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

City Council is set to select an Interim City Manager

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

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

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

GCC Nursing Program Faculty Career Opportunities

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

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

GCC to Host Monthly Public College Entry Point Sessions

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Presentation on status of County Jail

Notice of Presentation:

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

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

State Street man busted for shoplifting

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

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

Alabama resident arrested for hypodermic instrument

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

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

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

Morning News Briefing

Deep freeze hits the area causing a number of closures.

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

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

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

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

A full list of closures can be found here.

 

County Legislature welcomes three new members to their seats.

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

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

Bausch represents Elba, Byron, and Bergen.

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Dangerous Wind Chills Close Schools on Friday

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

The latest list can be viewed HERE

Town of Batavia Officials Sworn In

News Release: Town of Batavia

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

CCE Genesee: Overfed and Undernourished Program

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Morning News Briefing

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Evening News Briefing

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

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

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

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

Madison is Batavia’s First Baby of 2018

News Release: United Memorial Medical Center

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

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

Bill’s Fans Pay it Forward

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

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

Prosecution Seeks Violent Offender Status for Marlek Holmes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NYS Awards $4.5 Million Grant for Dementia Caregivers

News Release: Alzheimer’s Association of WNY

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

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

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

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

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

About the CSI partners

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

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

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

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

Elba Man Dies in Thruway Crash

News Release: NY State Police

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

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

Conesus Man Charged with Molesting Child on Christmas

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

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

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

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

Evening News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

Multi-vehicle Accident Blocks Thruway

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

Visitor Restrictions at UMMC

News Release: Rochester Regional Health System

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

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

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

Winter Weather Advisory

A Winter Weather Advisory in effect until early tomorrow afternoon.

Genesee County is experiencing some snow and blowing snow.

The severity depends on where you are.

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

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

See the latest weather related closings here:

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

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Batavia Woman busted for drunk driving

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

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

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

Water Service Interruption on Redfield Parkway

Press Release:

Water Service Interruption

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

Jim Ficarella
Superintendent Water/Wastewater

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

Francis R. Bond, 86, dies

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

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No memorial information has been relayed.

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

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

WBTA Sunday News

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Saturday News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

Evening News Briefing

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Chief Deputy Gordon Dibble

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

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

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

 

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

Dibble Retires from GCSO

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

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

Inmate altercation in County lockup leads to charge for Batavia man

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

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

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

Lockport man arrested for having alcohol in the Genesee County Jail

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

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

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

Inmates involved in assault on Corrections Officers moved to Attica

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

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

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

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

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

Hawley Announces January Office Hours

Press Release:

Invites members of the public to share concerns and ideas

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

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

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

Assemblyman Steve Hawley
January Office Hours:

Monroe County:

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

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

Genesee County:

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

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

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Victim of Fatal Crash in Stafford Identified

News Release: Genesee County Sheriff’s Office

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

 

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

Evening News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fatal Accident on Route 33 in Stafford

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

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

Molino’s Exit Interview on “Main & Center”

Jason Molino

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

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

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

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

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

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

Evening News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

Lake Effect Snow to Hit Orleans County

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

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

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

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

Hit and Run on Richmond Ave. Update

Press Release:

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

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

NYS Police: Correction Officer arrested for Rape

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

BPD Pedestrian Collision Investigation

Press Release:

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

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

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

Car into pond in Alabama

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

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

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

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

Winter Weather Advisory in place for Orleans County

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

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

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

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

Irv Weinstein Dead at 87

Irv Weinstein

 

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

Evening News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

County Treasurer on Pre-payment of Property Taxes

News Release: Genesee County Treasurer Scott German

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

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

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

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

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

City to Pick Up Christmas Trees

News Release: City of Batavia, Bureau of Maintenance

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

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

Friedman: This Term is my Last

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

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

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

Morning News Briefing

Attica woman sentenced to prison for selling drugs from her home.
44 year old Kara Baker of Attica was sentenced to six years in state prison for admittedly selling drugs from her Lincoln Avenue home.
She appeared for sentencing last week on a conviction of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance and was additionally sentenced to two years of post-release supervision.
Baker was arrested in September following a raid at her residence that turned up a quantity of cocaine and prescription drugs.
She admitted to selling the drugs from her home with a child present.

An Orleans County man jailed for forcibly raping an underage girl.
20 year old Quintion Wilson of Albion is facing four counts of First Degree rape for alleged incidents involving a girl under 15 years old.
According to police Wilson choked the female victim and held her against her will.
He is being held without bail in the Orleans County jail.

Christmas weekend car crashes reported in Genesee County.
69 year old Bruce Seelau of Genesee Street in Corfu was arrested and charged with DWI, Leaving the scene of a property damage accident and other traffic infractions following investigation into a single car accident on Saturday.
Seelau reportedly drove off of Lake Road in Pembroke around 2:30 in the morning with the car coming to rest on its side.
Neither Seelau nor the passenger were uninjured and denied medical attention.
He is scheduled to appear in Pembroke town court January 23rd.
Another crash occurred just before midnight on Sunday.
A car reportedly hit a tree on the Thruway near the eastbound Batavia exit.
Fortunately both the driver and passenger were uninjured in the crash.
The accident caused a minor backup for the few thruway travelers at the end of Christmas Eve.

The Buffalo Bills lost 37-16 to the Patriots but still have a chance to make the playoffs for the first time in 17 years.
There are two ways they can make it, both involve beating the Dolphins in the last game of the season.
If they win then the Ravens must lose to the Bengals.
Or a Titans loss to the Jaguars and a Chargers loss to the Raiders.

Western New York flu rates are up.
The newest numbers from the state health department show that regional flu cases have been rising since November.
The CDC says with people traveling and getting together with family over the holidays, flu season could peak next week.
The flu shot isn’t expected to be much help against this year’s extremely nasty flu strain.

It isn’t done snowing in Western New York.
Winter weather warnings will be in place until tomorrow, making travel difficult if not impossible.
Forecasters are calling for up to three feet of snow.
Wayne County, Wyoming County and parts of the Southern Tier are in the crosshairs.

WBTA Sunday News

Batavia and Genesee County will have a white Christmas.
But to the south of us, it may be whiter than they would like.
The National Weather Service has issued a Lake Effect Snow warning for Southern Erie and Wyoming counties and the western Southern tier from late this afternoon until late tomorrow.
Total snow accumulations there could reach 3-feet in the most persistent lake snows.

An Albion man is accused of forcibly raping a girl under 15.
20 year old Quintion Wilson is charged with four counts of First Degree rape.
Police say he choked the girl and held her against her will.
Wilson is being held in the Orleans County jail without baiol.

State Assemblyman Steve Hawley has been named to the New York Farm Bureau’s Circle of Friends.
The award is an indication of the lawmaker’s support of New York Agriculture and the Farm Bureau.
The bureau is quick to point out the designation is not an endorsement but only recognizes the assemblyman’s 2017 legislative voting record.

The Buffalo Bills would have benefited greatly from a Baltimore Ravens loss on Saturday night, and while the Indianapolis Colts put up a very good fight, their shoddy offense just wasn’t enough. With the win, Baltimore puts a stranglehold on a Wild Card spot. A win in Week 17, and the Ravens are in.
We have posted the Bills playoff scenario on the Sports page.
It’s confusing but if the Bills win both of their last two games, they are really, really likely to make the postseason. That’s a big ask heading into New England today.

Hawley Named to 2017 Farm Bureau Circle of Friends

Press Release:

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

“I am honored to be named to the Farm Bureau’s Circle of Friends for 2017. Agriculture is such an important part of Western New York’s economy, and we have so many dedicated farmers and producers locally who battle excessive rain, drought and other obstacles to feed our state. Whether it’s dairy, livestock or vegetables, our products are in grocery stores across the nation and that is a testament to the devotion and will of our area’s farmers.

“As the former owner and operator of our family-owned farm in Batavia for many years, I know the challenges our producers face, and that is why I will always have the backs of these dedicated men and women. I look forward to another productive year in Albany and will strive to keep New York’s farming industry the best in the nation.”

Saturday News Briefing

A Wyoming County kidnapping lands a Mount Morris woman in lock up.
30 year old Zordaida Rodriguez has been charged with kidnapping, robbery and assault for the alleged abduction and beating of a 28 year old farm worker in the town of Castile.
According to authorities Rodriguez and several other suspects lured the man out of his home last Sunday night, then pistol whipped beat and robbed him of his cellphone and money.
He was driven around for approximately 30 minutes before the suspects stopped and he was able to escape into a field in the Town of Nunda in Livingston County.
The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries to his head and face.
Rodriguez has been jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail.
Authorities are seeking other suspects in the case.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office.

Drug Task Force busts three Batavia residents for allegedly selling dope in Wyoming County.
Seven people were arrested as part of the Wyoming County Drug Task Force Operation Frosty.
Six for dealing various drugs and one for lying to law enforcement concerning a narcotics investigation.
47 Richard Barber of Garfield Avenue in Batavia was accused of selling meth; 45 year old Derrick Washington of State Street and 29 year old Louis Mercado of Dillenger Ave were both accused of selling crack cocaine.
All three Batavia men are being held in Wyoming County and more drug related arrests are expected next month.

Burglary in Warsaw leads to lock up for a Livingston County woman.
28 year old Brittany Ellis of Hunt was arrested by Wyoming County Law Enforcement following a traffic stop in Warsaw.
She was allegedly driving without a license while impaired by drugs.
Ellis was also under investigation for allegedly repeatedly stealing money from the cash drawer of a business in Warsaw.
Additionally investigators accused her of being in possession of seven hypodermic syringes along with Suboxone.
Ellis is facing two felony counts of Burglary, multiple counts of Petit Larceny along with counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and of a Hypodermic Instrument.
Ellis has been locked up and held in lieu of $15,000 bail.

The Bills winning against the Patriots this weekend would help their playoff chances, but some teams losing could be extremely important, too.
A Colts win against the Ravens on Saturday would be a win for Buffalo.
The fate of a Bills postseason could come down to a couple key losses.

Evening News Briefing

Zordaida Rodriguez

Zordaida Rodriguez

A Mount Morris woman has been charged with kidnapping, robbery and assault.
30 year old Zordaida Rodriguez is behind bars accused of abducting and beating a 28 year old farm worker in the town of Castile..
Deputies said Rodriguez and several other suspects lured their victim out of his home last Sunday night.
Authorities said they then pistol whipped beat and robbed the man of his cellphone and money.
He was driven around for half an hour before he was able to escape in the Livingston County Town of Nunda (Nun-day).
He suffered non-life threatening injuries to his head and face.
Rodriguez has been jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail.
Authorities are seeking other suspects in the case.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office.

 

A Livingston County woman arrested for burglary in the Town of Warsaw.
Wyoming County lawmen say 28 year old Brittney Ellis of Hunt entered a business on Route 20A in Warsaw last week and helped herself to over 5-thosuand dollars from the cash drawer.
Ellis has been locked up and held in lieu of $15,000 bail.

 

Three Batavia residents collared for allegedly selling dope in Wyoming County.
The trio was arrested as part of the Wyoming County Drug Task Force Operation Frosty.
Arrested were: 47 Richard Barber of Garfield Avenue; 45 year old Derrick Washington of State Street and 29 year old Louis Mercado of Dillenger Ave.
All three are behind bars in Wyoming County.
More arrests are expected next month.

 

The Bills winning against the Patriots this weekend would help their playoff chances, but some teams losing could be extremely important, too. A Colts win against the Ravens on Saturday would be a win for Buffalo.
The fate of a Bills postseason could come down to a couple key losses.

 

A Buffalo woman is going to prison for biting off a man’s ear.
Chris Orgovan pleaded guilty this summer to assault for biting off a man’s ear during an argument.
Paramedics were able to find the ear and doctors reattached it.
Orgovan was sentenced to three-years.

Wyoming County Drug Task Force arrest seven in “Operation Frosty”

Press Release:

Members of the Wyoming County Drug Task announce the arrests of six individuals for allegedly selling narcotics in Wyoming County and another for perjury. Over the past four weeks officers arrested the following individuals as part of “OPERATION FROSTY”.

On 12/13/17, Richard BARBER, age 47, of Garfield Avenue, Batavia, NY, was arrested and charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. BARBER is accused of selling Methamphetamine (Meth) in August of 2017 while in the Town of Warsaw. BARBER is currently being held in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.

On 12/06/17, Raven HOUSTON, age 24, of Lake Avenue, Rochester, NY, was charged with 11 counts of Perjury in the 1st Degree. HOUSTON is accused of lying to a Wyoming County Grand Jury on a drug related investigation in the Town of Warsaw. She was released on her own recognizance.

 

12/05/17, Carlos TORRES, age 42, of Maria Street, Rochester, NY, was charged with 2 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. TORRES is accused of selling Cocaine on 2 occasions while in the Town of Middlebury. Bail was set at $50,000 cash and he was returned to the Monroe County Jail where he is being held on other drug related charges.

12/01/17, Derrick WASHINGTON, age 45, of State Street, Batavia, NY, was charged with 2 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to sell. WASHIMGTON is accused of selling Crack Cocaine on 2 occasions while in the Village of Attica. Subject is currently in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.

 

11/30/17, Korin LEONARD, age 21, of Freedom Road, Freedom, NY, was arrested and charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd and 5th Degrees and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd and 5th Degrees. LEONARD is accused of selling Methamphetamine (Meth) and Cocaine on 2 occasions in the Village of Arcade. Subject was released after posting $5,000 bail.

11/30/17, Louis MERCADO, age 29, of Dillenger Street, Batavia, NY, was arrested and charged with 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. MERCADO is accused of selling “Crack Cocaine” on 2 occasions while in the Village of Attica. Subject is currently being held in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.

 

11/30/17, Javier ALVAREZ, age 38, of Hopkins Street, Mount Morris, NY, was charged with 2 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. Subject is accused of selling Heroin and a Heroin/Fentanyl mix in the Village of Perry. Subject is being held in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.

Sheriff Greg Rudolph says,

“These arrests were pursuant Wyoming County Court Arrest Warrants following Indictments and the involvement of District Attorney, Donald O’Geen’s, Office. The Wyoming County Drug Task Force is committed to doing our part in the midst of this drug epidemic, which includes a strong stance on enforcement and honing our investigations on the dealers who gain off of other’s addictions. The various locations of these crimes are indicative of the scope of the problem here in Wyoming County. The Wyoming County Drug Task Force is additionally wrapping up investigations on several other drug dealers and more arrests are expected in January. We continue to seek help from the public in identifying drug activity, which can be reported to our Confidential Tip Line at: 585-786-8965.”

WCSO: Kidnapping/Robbery Arrest

Press Release:

Members of the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Mount Morris woman following a violent incident on Route 39 in the Town of Castile on Sunday evening.

Zoraida RODRIGUEZ, age 30, has been charged with Kidnapping in the 2nd Degree, Robbery in the 1st Degree, and Assault in the 2nd Degree, following her alleged involvement in which a 28 year old farm worker was abducted and beaten.

The investigation revealed that RODRIGUEZ along with several other suspects “lured” the victim out of his residence around 10 PM Sunday evening, at which time he was pistol whipped, beaten, and robbed of his cell phone and money. He was driven around for approximately 30 minutes before he was able to escape after the suspects had stopped roadside in the Town of Nunda, Livingston County.

The victim was able to flee into a field and sought assistance. The victim sustained non-life threatening head and facial injuries.

RODRIGUEZ was arraigned in the Town of Gainesville Court at which time bail was set at $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond.

Sheriff Greg Rudolph says,

“The arrest of Zoraida Rodriguez is just the beginning in resolving this case. The investigation is ongoing as more information is being developed into the identities of the other suspects and additional arrests are forthcoming. Anyone with information, please contact the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office at 585-786-8989 or the Confidential Tip Line at 585-786-8965.”

Livingston County Woman behind bars following burglary in Warsaw

28 year old Brittany Ellis of Hunt in Livingston County was arrested by Wyoming County Law Enforcement following a traffic stop on Wednesday night on South Main Street in Warsaw.

She was stopped for alleged vehicle and traffic infractions and was allegedly driving without a license while impaired by drugs.

Ellis was also under investigation for allegedly repeatedly stealing money from the cash drawer of a business in Warsaw.

Additionally investigators accused her of being in possession of seven hypodermic syringes along with Suboxone.

Ellis is facing two Class D Felonies for Burglary, multiple counts of Petit Larceny along with counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and of a Hypodermic Instrument.

She was remanded to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Fillmore man busted for drugged driving in LeRoy crash

Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to Lake Street Road in LeRoy for report of a single car crash in July.

Following investigation into the incident, 23 year old David Welninski of Fillmore in Allegany County was taken into custody and charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs.

He was additionally charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and of a Hypodermic Instrument and was issued an appearance ticket for LeRoy Town Court.

Morning News Briefing

Albion mother jailed for pushing drugs with the help of her teenage daughter.
The alleged drug dealing duo of 37 year old Amanda Laraby and her 16 year old daughter were arrested following a traffic stop on West Ave in Albion.
Members of the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force took the pair into custody Wednesday where they seized a quantity of oxycodone and hydrocodone pills as a result of the investigation.
Laraby also known as Amanda Streeter was allegedly using her daughter to assist pushing the pills in Lyndonville, and Albion.
Laraby was arraigned in Albion town on six felony counts for criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance and was remanded to the Orleans county jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Her 16 year old daughter was hit two lesser felony counts for drug sale and possession and was released to a relative.
According to authorities additional charges including possible Medicaid and welfare fraud are currently pending.

Convicted drug dealer wanted by Batavia Police.
Police are looking for Charles “Gusto” Williams and seeking public assistance in an attempt to locate him.
There are two warrants out for William’s arrest one for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance and another for Criminal Contempt.
After being released pending sentencing he allegedly violated an order protection and then failed to show for his sentencing on the drug conviction.
Anyone with information on Williams’ whereabouts is encouraged to call Police at 911.
They also alert residents to not approach Williams if he is located.

Sex abuser sentenced to 15 years in Genesee County Court.
39 year old David Atkinson was sentenced yesterday by Judge Zambito who said he believes the victim, a former Pembroke resident and said Atkinson was beyond rehabilitation.
He attacked the girl threatening her with a claw hammer and live streamed the acts to another man in Darien.
Atkinson was found guilty following his August trial.

The Bills winning against the Patriots this weekend would help their playoff chances, but some teams losing could be extremely important too.
“The Democrat and Chronicle” listed teams Bills fans should be rooting against this weekend.
A Colts win against the Ravens on Saturday would be a win for Buffalo.
If the Jets win against the Chargers then root for the Rams over the Titans.
The fate of a Bills postseason could come down to a couple key losses.

Winter weather advisories are in place and commuters across Western New York are asked to take their time this morning.
Parts of the region could see up to five inches of snow and a thin coating of ice.
Forecasters are calling for nasty winter weather to continue through tomorrow.
The winter storms are expected to hit areas right along the Thruway.

Evening News Briefing

Batavia Police are looking for Charles “Gusto” Williams.
Gusto had been released from custody while awaiting sentencing on two counts of drug sales.
Police say he failed to show up for his sentencing and also violated an order of protection. Anyone with information about Gusto’s whereabouts is asked to call Batavia Police.

 

Sheriff William Sheron

A simple reminder to employees of local businesses in time of an emergency.
Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron on WBTA’s Main and Center program this morning. He offered some advice to business owners should their employees ever have to call for 9-1-1

The Sheriff also reminded last minute holiday shoppers to keep their vehicles locked and items out of view to deter possible theft.

 

Travis Tritt

A country music star to play The Ridge in LeRoy this summer.
Two-time Grammy Award winner Travis Tritt will play a concert at The Frostridge Campground August 24th
Tritt is the first headliner announced for the annual summer concert series, Jam at the Ridge.
Tickets will go on sale after the first of the year.

 

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to criminalize revenge porn, forcing the people who post it online to register as sex offenders. The “New York Post” says the governor will unveil his proposal in his upcoming State of the State Address. New York is one of a dozen states that haven’t already made distributing revenge porn a crime. Cuomo’s plan also outlaws what he calls “sextortion,” or threatening someone into having non-consensual sex.

It’ll be a fitting start to the first day of winter in Western New York.
Freezing temperatures are expected across the region with our area expecting snow tonight into the early morning hours tomorrow.
Up to three inches of the white stuff is expected

Holiday Greetings From Assemblyman Steve Hawley

News Release

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

“The end of the year holiday season is an invaluable time in that it provides a warmth and comfort unique to many other holidays we experience. There’s nothing like joining one’s closest family and friends around the gentle ambiance of a steady snowfall to exchange gifts amidst your favorite Christmas movie. The new year provides us the time to reflect on what we have accomplished the previous year and use missed opportunities to inspire us to set more aggressive goals, opportunities and challenges for ourselves.

“As we soak up this relaxing time of year away from the hustle and bustle of our stressful lives, let us not forget the dedicated servicemen and servicewomen who are forgoing the holidays with their families to protect our freedom and way of life. The sacrifices of our veterans and active duty military make it possible for us to enjoy this sacred time of year.

“Furthermore, I know how holiday shopping can place added financial and emotional stress on many families as we strive to beat the Christmas Eve crowds and find that perfect gift for a loved one or friend. But, please keep in mind during this time that many families are not fortunate enough to afford lavish gifts and meals. This could be your co-worker, your neighbor, family member or friend. I encourage everyone who has the means to consider volunteering or making a donation to one of the great organizations we have in our community this year and you will be helping a family more than you know.”

• The Salvation Army provides clothing and other necessities to those in need during the holiday season. Donate today by visiting http://empire.salvationarmy.org/.

• Consider donating a holiday basket to a needy family through the Community Action of Orleans and Genesee by visiting http://www.caoginc.org/.

• Make a child’s Christmas wish come true by donating to Toys for Tots at www.toysfortots.org.

• Consider volunteering or donating with the Ministry of Concern’s many great community programs-(585)-589-9210 http://www.ministryofconcern.com/home.html

Morning News Briefing

Perry man accused of giving teenager alcohol then forcibly touching them.
38 year old Brandon Bradley of Perry was arrested following investigation by Perry Police into an alleged incident involving an 18 year old male.
Bradley was accused of supplying alcohol to the teenager and then sexually interacting with him without his consent.
He was taken into custody yesterday and is facing charges of unlawfully dealing with a minor for providing the alcohol, along with a count of forcible touching.
Bradley was ordered to be held in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail and is expected back in court on January 9th.

Heavy losses following fire at a business in Arcade.
The fire was reported shortly after 11 o’clock Tuesday morning at 400 Main Street in Arcade at Prestolite Electric Incorporated.
Five fire companies were drawn to the scene, battling the blaze for around an hour and a half.
There were no injuries reported and the estimated damage was at a quarter million dollars.
According to Officials the source of the fire was from a vent stack on a casting machine.

Grand Jury Indicts Batavia Teen on a litany of serious charges.
19 year old Davon St. John of Oak Street in the city is facing a 17 count indictment in connection with a string of burglaries in Batavia.
He is accused of burglarizing three city homes this fall where he allegedly took numerous valuable items such as electronics, jewelry, cash and .357 revolver.
After multiple arrests this year St. John was most recently arrested for petit larceny at T.F Browns restaurant in Batavia.

Trucker in Attica arrested for driving dangerously drunk.
Attica Police report the arrest 49 year old Robert Cummings of Exchange Street, Attica.
Police said he was arrested earlier this month after driving erratically on Market Street in the Village.
Cummings who is a local trucker was stopped driving a big rig and allegedly recorded a blood alcohol count more than five times the legal limit.

A new state law is allowing all school bus drivers to administer epinephrine injections in an emergency.
The change went into effect Tuesday and expands the previous law, which only allowed drivers employed by a school district to administer the shots.
The new law does not require districts to keep epinephrine on the bus.

Evening News Briefing

The Genesee County Grand Jury has indicted a Batavia man on 17 counts of Grand larceny and other charges in connection with a string of burglaries.
19 year old Davon St.John is accused of burglarizing homes on Ellicott, Montclair and Union Avenues last fall. Two homes were broken into more than once.
St. John allegedly took a variety items including electronic devices, jewelry, cash and .357 revolver.
St. John was most recently collared for petit larceny at T.F Browns restaurant in Batavia.

Attica Police announced today the arrest of a local trucker suspected of driving a big rig with a blood alcohol count more than five times the legal limit.
49 year old Robert Cummings of Exchange Street, Attica, was arrested earlier this month driving on Market Street in the Village.

Another arrest for the Genesee County Local Drug Task Force.
32 year old Lamar Randall of Batavia, known on the street as “L-Boog,” is charged with four Felony Counts for alleged sale and possession of crack cocaine.
Randall is now in the Genesee County Jail, held without bail.

Flu season is early this year.
According to a recent report by the state health department, flu cases were up in New York by 45-percent from the week before.
Genesee and Monroe are a couple of the counties in Western New York being hit the hardest. The health department says the best time to get vaccinated is as soon as possible.

It could be a white Christmas in Western New York.
Forecasters say Buffalo has a higher probability for a snowy Christmas than almost any other large US city.
A European weather model predicts that it will start snowing in Western New York around the middle of Christmas day.

Semi-Truck driver stopped in Attica over five times the legal limit

Attica Police were called on December 3rd for report of a semi-truck driving erratically on Market Street in Attica.

After being stopped by police on Alexander Road, 49 year old Robert Cummings of Exchange Street in Attica was taken into custody for DWI.

Cummings allegedly recorded a Blood Alcohol Content of .21 percent which is five times the legal limit for a commercial driver.

Cummings was hit with multiple counts of DWI along with traffic and vehicle infractions and is scheduled to appear on January 8th in Attica Village Court.

Perry Police interrupt a burglary in progress

Officers began investigation into a burglary in progress Sunday afternoon in the Village of Perry.

They arrested 25 year old Scott Davis of Perry and charged him with Criminal Mischief and Criminal Trespassing.

Davis was accused of trying to gain entrance to a residence after allegedly entering a neighbor’s backyard and breaking a window.

He was released on his own recognizance with an appearance ticket for Perry Village Court on January 9th.

Hawley Reminds Residents of Upcoming Flood Recovery Applications Deadlines

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I- Batavia) today reminded residents and business owners affected by Lake Ontario’s historic flooding this past spring of the upcoming federal and state application deadlines to receive financial assistance relating to damages they may have.

“Lake Ontario’s devastating flooding has caused a great deal of hardship, both emotional and financial, for many residents and business owners along the shoreline,” Hawley said. “Fortunately, there are many resources available to aid in recovery, and I encourage all residents and business owners to keep a close eye on the upcoming deadlines and submit their applications accordingly. As always throughout this difficult time, my office is available to assist in this process so please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.”

Applications for New York’s Small Business Recovery Fund through Empire State Development are due on December 29, 2017 and more information can be found here. Eligible Private Non-Profit organizations can also receive funding through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Applications are due by January 16, 2018 and more information can be found here.

Legislature Approves Appointment of Jason Molino as County Administrator

Posted by Tompkins County Government:

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Legislature, by unanimous vote, confirmed the appointment of Jason Molino, currently City Manager of the City of Batavia, NY, as Tompkins County Administrator, effective January 29, 2018. In a second unanimous vote, the Legislature approved an annual salary for the position of $130,000 for 2018, which falls above the position’s current salary range. The action also indicates that the County Administrator will be eligible to receive the same fringe benefits and annual salary adjustments as those provided other management staff as negotiated and upon ratification of the County’s CSEA White Collar union.

A credentialed local government management professional by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) with diversified experience in public administration, Mr. Molino has served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Fiscal Officer of the City of Batavia since 2006 and for two years before that as Assistant to the Village Manager for the Village of Port Chester, New York.

Legislature Chair Michael Lane congratulated Mr. Molino on behalf of the Legislature, and said that, among the things that had impressed the Legislature was that, after applying, he had taken the time to attend some of the meetings of the Legislature and its committees. “This is a feather in his cap,” Lane said.

“Thank you for the warm welcome,” the new Administrator said. “It’s an honor to be selected.” Molino added that he has watched Tompkins County government from afar over the years, and that “it’s a pleasure to be part of this team.”

Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committee Chair Jim Dennis, who chaired the search committee, remarked, “I’m pleased with the work of the committee and the people involved in it—another good process that the County has had to pick people for very important jobs.”

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Records set in betting and purses paid out at Batavia Downs

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

The 2017 Batavia Downs summer-fall meet that ended on Saturday (Dec. 16) left track management feeling good after setting records for total betting and purse money paid out during the year.

The track’s export signal drew an increased handle of 15.9% over 2016 and total betting was up 8.1% (over $600,000) with 17 less races than last year. That produced $8.2 million dollars wagered on the live harness racing product which was the most ever handled at Batavia Downs during a meet since Western Regional OTB purchased and reopened the track in 2002.

The Downs also set a record handle in their Pick-5 wager when the pool reached $25,312 as a result of being part of the USTA Strategic Wagering Program on Wednesday (Nov. 22).

Total purses paid out including New York Sire Stakes were $6,072,800, the first time ever the track distributed in excess of $6 million in purse money.

The 2017 meet was also the first time Batavia Downs adopted a new 5 p.m. post time on Wednesdays and that seemed to contribute to the better numbers witnessed from the off-track outlets as handle was up 25% from the export signal mid-week. It was also a big reason the track eclipsed the $8 million mark in total handle.

A quality product on the track drove those numbers along with a closely contested driver’s race that saw three reinsmen with a shot at the title all year.

When the dust had cleared, Larry Stalbaum won his first ever Batavia Downs driving title with 134 wins. Second was Ray Fisher Jr. with 124 and just one back in third was Drew Monti with 123.

On the conditioner side, Kim Asher also won her first Batavia Downs training title in a romp with 94 wins, 52 ahead of JD Perrin who was second with 42. Maria Rice was third with 40 victories.

Post one won 201 out of the 808 races run followed by post four with 135 and post three with 123.

Favorites won 45% of the time during the course of the meet.

“When the lights went down for the last time this year and we looked at the numbers, we were very happy with the results we saw” said Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Live Racing at Batavia Downs. “We had great action on the track with competitive, bettable races and the money wagered through the windows shows our customers felt the same way.”

Upon approval of the New York State Gaming Commission, live racing will resume at Batavia Downs on Monday, July 23, 2018.

The Lions Club annual Basketball Tournament has a new name

Peter Arras convinced his fellow Lions Club members in Batavia Thirty-five years ago to start a Christmas basketball tournament.

Arras then ran the tournament for more than three decades.

Arras was honored at the tournament’s annual kick-off dinner this week,  and the tournament was officially renamed The Peter Arras GCC Basketball Tournament.

Lions member Ross Fanara,

Arras passed away in October at age 77.

His family was in attendance for the dinner, including his widow Nancy Arras, who received a memorial clock from the club.

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

Morning News Briefing

Hawley hails victory for local non-profit fundraising.
New Legislation has passed that will make Not for profit fundraising through raffles less stressful.
A few years ago the Stafford Fire Department was singled out for conducting an illegal car raffle, discouraging many other non-profits from hosting similar functions.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia championed the issue and sponsored the Charitable Gaming Act which has now been signed into law.

The rule only applies to tickets sold by organizations within their own county or a contiguous county.
The States Gaming Commission will review and possibly tweak the legislation and the new law will take effect in six months.

Oak Street man Indicted on 17 counts for rash of Batavia burglaries.
19 year old Davon St. John of Batavia was indicted on felony counts including Grand Larceny and Criminal Possession of a Firearm following a slew of Batavia burglaries that occurred in this fall.
St. John allegedly burglarized three residences on Ellicott Avenue, Montclair Avenue and Union Avenue on multiple occasions.
He is accused of taking a variety of expensive items including numerous electronic devices, jewelry, a .357 revolver a 2004 Jeep.
St John has been arrested multiple times this past year and was most recently apprehended last Thursday for petit larceny at T.F Browns in Batavia.

Jail without bail for a Walnut Place resident accused of dealing drugs.
32 year old Lamar Randall Also known as “L-Boog” of Batavia was arrested by the Genesee County Local Drug Task Force following investigation into crack cocaine sales around the City.
He was charged with four Class B Felony Counts for sale and possession of a controlled substance.
Randall was accused of selling crack to a Task Force agent on two separate occasions.
He was committed to the County Jail without bail.

For the first time in over a decade Batavia will need to appoint a new city manager.
The Tompkins County Legislature has unanimously approved Jason Molino to become the administrator in Ithaca, with an effective start date of January 29th.
Since last summer, Batavia has been accepting applications for the vacant assistant city manager position.
Council President Gene Jankowski tells us the search for an assistant manager will likely be put on hold.

Jankowski says the city will probably name an interim manager to handle day to day operations until a permanent manager is hired.

Byron-Bergen Student Awarded William F Brown Scholarship

News Release: The Jerome Foundation

Cora Ivison, a graduating senior from Byron-Bergen Central School, has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the William F. Brown Memorial Scholarship. She will receive a $1000 scholarship sponsored by The Jerome Foundation.

The William F. Brown Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship given to a deserving graduating senior boy or girl in Genesee County, and graduating from a high school in Genesee County, whose intention is to pursue a degree in the field of Journalism, Communications, or Public Relations (in print, radio, television, or digital media).

The award is given in memory of the late William F. Brown, Jr., a noted author, broadcaster, and journalist who contributed greatly to the quality of life in Genesee County through his writing, and as a member of numerous community and civic organizations.

Miss Ivison is attending Canisius College and pursuing a degree in communications.

Evening News Briefing

Not for profit organizations can breathe a little easier when raising money through raffles.
A chill was sent through the non-profit community a couple of years ago when the Stafford Fire Department was singled out for conducting an illegal raffle.
The fire department, like many non-profits, conducted raffles as a means of raising funds for various good causes.
Now, Governor Cuomo has signed a measure sponsored by Batavia Assemblyman Steve Hawley, easing the rules on not-for-profit raffles. Hawley telling WBTA News:

The rule only applies to tickets sold by organizations within their own or contiguous counties. The new law takes effect in six months.

For the first time in 12 years, Batavia is looking for a new city manager.
Jason Molino is leaving to become the administrator for Tompkins County in Ithaca, a position he is expected to assume by the middle of next month.
Batavia has been accepting applications for the post of assistant city manager since last summer. Council President Gene Jankowski tells us the search for an assistant manager will likely be put on hold:

Jankowski says the city will probably name an interim manager to handle day to day operations until a permanent manager is hired:

One culprit in a battery cable caper in Genesee County has admitted his guilt.
Jordan Prentice was recently picked up in Arizona.
He has pled guilty to his role in the 2014 theft of copper cables from at least 50 buses at Lutz Sales in Oakfield.
He has been promised a sentence of no more than one year of shock probation.

An Orleans County man is accused of raping a teenage girl.
Deputies say they arrested 22-year-old Nicholas Preston of Albion.
He’s accused of having unlawful sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl in Ridgeway.
Preston is being held in the Orleans County in lieu of 25-hundred-dollars bail.

A Wind Advisory remains in effect for Genesee County until 7 tonight.
Unofficial wind gusts over 45 miles per hour have been recorded.
A wind gust is suspected of blowing out the front window of the Travelore Travel Agency on East Main Street earlier today.

Byron woman busted for drugged driving after blowing stop sign in Bergen

32 year old Denise Busiere of Townline Road in Byron was stopped on Route 19 in Bergen after she allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign.

Busiere was taken into custody for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and following investigation she was additionally charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance along with vehicle and traffic infractions.

She was released with an appearance ticket for Bergen Town Court on January 10th.

Battery cable bandit picked up in Arizona for a 2014 Oakfield theft

Jordan Prentice was indicted in 2014 on a count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property as the accomplice in a battery cable larceny in Oakfield.

Prentice was charged along with Jeremy Dean Lyons for stealing the heavy copper wires from 50 different buses at Lutz Sales on Judge Road.

Prentice was recently apprehended in Arizona and appeared in Genesee County Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny with the promise of no more than a sentence of shock probation.

He was released under supervision of Genesee Justice to await sentencing next month.

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

 

Hawley Announces Charitable Gaming Act Signed into Law

News Release

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

“This is a tremendous victory and crucial first step toward reforming our gaming laws for the tens of thousands of non-profits, fire departments, churches, Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs and charitable organizations throughout the state.

“After a long uphill climb, and with much help from my colleagues in the Assembly and Senate, we have made important changes to New York’s gaming laws that open the conversation and serve as a catapult to tackle more changes this year.

“I would like to personally thank Assemblyman Robin Schimminger (D-Buffalo) for carrying this bill in our house and Senators Patrick Gallivan (R-Elma), Michael Ranzenhofer (R-Amherst) and Rob Ortt (R-North Tonawanda) for championing this cause in the Senate. I would also like to thank all the constituents and local groups who contacted my office and the governor’s office expressing their support for this bill.

“The law will take effect in 180 days and the New York State Gaming Commission will make any necessary tweaks. I am so proud of the work we have done and I am hopeful that moving forward we continue to advocate for our charitable and non-profit organizations and make more changes to the state’s gaming laws.”

State Police Take Part in “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”

News Release: New York State Police

The New York State Police announced today participation in the national enforcement initiative to crack down on impaired driving this holiday season

The New York State Police will participate in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, from Friday, December 15, 2017 through Monday, January 1, 2018. Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints, along with more troopers on roadways during the campaign.

In addition to the DWI checkpoints and patrols, Troopers will be watching for distracted drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, and drivers violating the “Move Over Law,” which requires motorists to exercise extreme caution when passing emergency vehicles that are stopped in or on the side of the road. State Police will also conduct underage drinker enforcement details statewide.
Superintendent George P. Beach II said, “Our members work vigilantly year-round to keep our roadways safe and prevent the needless tragedies that result from impaired and reckless driving. However, our goal during the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign is to step up our efforts during the holiday celebration season to reduce impaired driving crashes and remind motorists to make responsible driving decisions. To ensure that your holiday is a safe one for you and your loved ones, do not get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you’ve been drinking and make safety a priority when traveling this holiday season.”

During the campaign, Troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles as part of the operation. The CITE vehicles allow Troopers to more easily identify motorists who are using handheld devices while driving. CITE vehicles allow the Trooper to better observe distracted driving violations. These vehicles blend in with every day traffic, but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.

During last year’s crackdown, State Police issued 33,153 tickets. Of those tickets more than 11,319 were for speeding, 1,107 were for distracted driving and 421 for the “Move Over Law.” There were also 571 people arrested for DWI and 15 people killed in crashes.

To keep our roads safer this holiday season, the New York State Police and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offer these tips:

· Plan a safe way home before the celebrating begins;
· Before drinking, designate a sober driver;
· If you’re impaired, use a taxi or ridesourcing service, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
· Use your community’s sober ride program;
· If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement;
· If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to their destination safely.

Holiday Spirit Abounds at Byron-Bergen Schools

Caption: Volunteers from the Byron-Bergen learning community packed over 100 food baskets and delivered them during the weekend of December 16.

News Release: Byron-Bergen School District

Bergen, NY ~ Members of the Byron-Bergen Central School District’s learning community can always be counted on to provide assistance to neighbors in need during the holidays. For many years, district students, teachers, staff, and administrators have worked together with local partners to make the season happier for everyone in the Byron-Bergen area. This year’s Holiday Community Service program collected toys and games, clothing items, rolls of wrapping paper, boxes for wrapping gifts, and over 1,200 non-perishable food items. In addition, close to $4,000 was donated by the faculty, staff, and others in our learning community to purchase gifts for district families in need. Many area businesses also helped out by “adopting” local families and individuals, providing special holiday gifts.

The district partnered with the local Hesperus Lodge No. 837 Free & Accepted Masons, where donated items were taken for sorting and packing. Organized by Dick Sands, the Masons and employees from both the Byron-Bergen Elementary and Jr./Sr. High schools, Board of Education members, and community volunteers pitched in to help. More school volunteers help deliver over 100 food baskets and gifts before the holidays.

“The magic of this special season is the community spirit it inspires in so many of us,” said District Superintendent Mickey Edwards. “I am so proud of the generosity shown by all of our students and by everyone in our schools.”

A big part of the program’s success this year was the contribution made by the Varsity Club Holiday Food Drive. Student athletes from the high school pulled together to collect more than 850 food items—a record amount. The drive was organized by student officers Leah Thompson, president; MaKenzie Muoio, vice-president; Morgan Fuller, secretary and Lucas Stucchio, treasurer, and the hard work was provided by the girls and boys basketball and swim teams, and the cheerleading team. Team members pooled their competitive spirit to make the challenge more fun: it became a contest, won by the Cheer Team who collected over 300 items. Varsity team members from all three seasons of sport at Byron-Bergen perform community service throughout the school year, with projects like the annual Lift-a-thon, the Retro Apparel Sale, and the spring Blood Drive.

Caption: Varsity Club members with a few of the hundreds of donated items collected for the Holiday Food Drive.

Hawley Critical of Minimum Wage Proposal

News Release

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today criticized Gov. Cuomo’s new proposal to mandate businesses pay the same minimum wage to tipped workers as other employees in their region. The plan calls for the New York State Department of Labor to hold hearings to gain input on the issue. Gov. Cuomo signed legislation in 2016 that increases the minimum wage in New York City, Long Island and Westchester to $15 per hour by 2021 and at least $12.50 per hour for the rest of the state.

“The governor’s war on small businesses continues with this new proposal,” Hawley said. “Many workers in the service industry are competitively compensated due to the large share of their income that is comprised of tips. By allowing our employees to be paid by tips we are letting their performance and work ethic determine their income to a large extent which raises standards across the industry and provides a better quality of service. Another minimum wage hike will surely be a blow to small businesses and stifle job creation when what we need is tax and regulatory reform to allow these companies to thrive.”

Morning News Briefing

Batavia will need to search for a new City Manager.
After nearly 12 years as Batavia City Manager, Jason Molino is leaving.
Molino announced that he has accepted the position of Tompkins County Administrator in Ithaca.

Molino was initially hired as the Assistant City Manager of Batavia however he was quickly thrust into the City Manager position and was believed to be the youngest city manager in the state.
His new job in Ithaca is expected to start by the middle of next month.
City Council will be responsible for selecting an interim manager until they can find a permanent replacement for Molino.
According to Council President Eugene Jankowski the ongoing search for an assistant city manager may have to be put on hold so they can focus on finding a new permanent manager for the city.

Second defendant in East Main Street stabbing heading to jury trial.
Days after his co-defendant in the East Main Street Stabbing case pled guilty to attempted assault, 26 year old Anthony Spencer of Batavia has sought a jury of his peers to decide his fate in the case.
Spencer was accused along with 30 year old JW Hardy of beating and stabbing a man on East Main Street in July, leaving them with life threatening injuries.
Hardy entered a guilty plea last week and is scheduled for sentencing on February 14th.
Jury Selection for the trial against Spencer is slated to start on March 5th.

Albion man jailed for sex crimes against a 14 year old girl.
22 year old Nicholas Preston of West County House Road was arrested by Orleans County Sheriff’s Deputies for allegedly having unlawful contact with a 14 year old female in Ridgeway.
Preston is facing charges of second degree Rape, Criminal Sexual Act and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
After being arraigned in Ridgeway Town Court he was committed to the Orleans County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.

Fatal crash in Lima.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office reported the deadly single car motor vehicle crash that occurred late Saturday night on Clay Street in Lima.
Deputies along with Fire and EMS arrived on scene where they found 23 year old Brandon Curtis of Hemlock.
He was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
According to investigators Curtis was apparently traveling southbound on Clay Street when he cross the northbound lane, exited the east side of the roadway and struck a pole.
Investigation into the crash remains ongoing.

Governor Cuomo says the state’s new paid family leave policy will be the strongest in the nation.
Starting in January, New Yorkers can get up to twelve weeks of paid time off for family emergencies.
This includes when a family member has to care for a new child or seriously ill loved one, or is called to active military service abroad.
This will apply to those working 20 or more hours a week.

Evening News Briefing

Jason MolinoCity manager Jason Molino is leaving Batavia
Molino confirmed today he has accepted the position of Tompkins County Adminiatrator in Ithaca.
Molino was the assistant city manager for only a few months when he received the full-time appointment and became the youngest city manager in the state.
The position in Ithaca opened up in November within days after the Batavia City Council rejected a pay raise for Molino that had been included in the 2016-2017 budget.

Molino spoke with WBTA this afternoon:

Molino said the Tompkins County legislature act on his hiring tomorrow night. He expects to begin his new job by the middle of January.
Since there is no assistant city manager in Batavia right now, it will be up to city council to select an interim manager until a permanent manager is found.

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for tomorrow.
The advisory extends to all of Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans Counties.
The advisory goes into effect tomorrow morning at 6 and lasts all day.
Winds are forecast out of the southwest at 20 to 30 miles per hour, gusting to 50.
But while the winds whip up, temperatures tomorrow are expected to reach the mid 40’s.

A Rochester man has been arrested in connection with a violent domestic in LeRoy involving a gun and a Knife.
LeRoy Police arrest 49 year old Joseph Cavico Jr. of Albert Street in Rochester. He is accused of threatening his victim with both a pistol and a knife and then striking the person numerous times on the head.
Cavico was ordered to be held without bail to the Genesee County Jail.

Violence reported in the Emergency Room at UMMC.
28 year old Rae Cook of Gilbert Street, LeRoy, was arrested for allegedly punching a nurse.
Cook was charged with second degree Harassment and was issued an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court tomorrow.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York’s soon-to-launch paid family leave policy will be the nation’s strongest.
Starting January 1st, New Yorkers will receive up to 12 weeks of paid time off when a family member has to care for a new child, seriously ill loved one, or is called to active military service abroad.
The governor notes only 14-percent of the U.S. workforce has access to employer-sponsored paid family leave.

Molino Speaks with WBTA about his Departure

Jason Molino

After 12 years as Batavia City Manager, Jason Molino is moving on.
Molino confirms today he has accepted the position of Tompkins County Administrator in Ithaca.

Molino said he answered an ad placed by the Tompkins County Legislature seeking a replacement for former Administrator Joe Mareane, who retired in November.

The position in Ithaca opened up within days after the Batavia City Council rejected a pay raise for Molino that had been included in the 2016-2017 budget.

Molino tells WBTA News:

Molino was the assistant city manager for only a few months when he received the full-time appointment and became the youngest city manager in the state.
Molino said the Tompkins County legislature act on his hiring tomorrow night. He expects to begin his new job by the middle of January.
Sources in Ithaca confirm Molino will be paid $130,000 annually, plus fringe benefits.

Molino said he will miss the people he has worked with over the past 12 years:

Since there is no assistant city manager in Batavia right now, it will be up to city council to select an interim manager until a permanent manager is found.

The county administrator is responsible for overseeing the county’s annual budget of about $165 million, as well as appointing and supervising non-elected department heads. The administrator also ensures policies of Tompkins County Legislature are followed, manages special projects and represents Tompkins County at the state and local level.

Molino was selected by a search committee made up of legislators, department heads, labor representatives and community members. There were more than 20 applicants, but three were recommended to and interviewed by the full Legislature.

City Manager Molino to Leave Batavia

News Release: Tompkins County Public Information Office

Jason Molino, currently City Manager of the City of Batavia, New York, has accepted Tompkins County’s offer of employment to become the County’s next County Administrator.  Mr. Molino’s selection is subject to formal appointment by the Tompkins County Legislature—that action scheduled for the Legislature’s December 19th meeting.  The new administrator’s start date will be determined, once the appointment becomes official.

A credentialed local government management professional by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), with diversified experience in public administration, Mr. Molino has served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Fiscal Officer of the City of Batavia (Genesee County) since 2006, leading a city workforce of 130 (departments of Police, Fire, Public Works, Community/Economic Development, and Youth Bureau) and administering an annual operating budget of $25 million and a $25 million capital plan.  From 2004 to 2006, he served as Assistant to the Village Manager for the Village of Port Chester, New York, where he assisted in projects and issues related to operations, personnel, labor negotiations, and public engagement.  Mr. Molino is also a veteran, having served in the United States Coast Guard Reserve for seven years, achieving the rank of Petty Officer Second Class.

“We are very pleased to have Jason coming to join our team,” said Michael Lane, Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature.  “He brings with him a strong background in budgeting, labor relations, and management oversight; and has compiled a strong record of supervising a multi-department workforce, inter-municipal cooperation, and securing important grant funding for his community.  Jason’s credentials are a great fit for county government and I know our residents and businesses will welcome him and work with him to keep our county moving forward on its course for success.”

“I am truly honored to be given this opportunity to work for such a progressive community,” Mr. Molino said.  “Tompkins County is recognized across the State of New York as a leader in government, and I’m looking forward to being part of this team.  My family and I are eager to become members of the community and enjoy all that Tompkins County has to offer.”

Mr. Molino holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University of Albany, State University of New York and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont.  Mr. Molino is married with four children (ages 3, 5, 7, and 18) and currently resides in Batavia, New York.

Tompkins County began a national search for a new County Administrator in July 2017, after former administrator Joe Mareane announced his intent to retire. A diverse search committee comprised of county legislators, department heads, labor representatives, and community members narrowed a field of more than 20 applicants and conducted interviews.  Three were recommended to the full County Legislature and were interviewed by all 14 members; new Legislators-elect observed and asked questions.

The County Administrator is the chief executive officer of Tompkins County.  The Administrator serves at the pleasure of the Legislature and is responsible for conveying the will of the Legislature to departments and representing the concerns of departments to the Legislature.  The Administrator is routinely charged with highly complex projects and challenging responsibilities, among them   development of the annual recommended County budget, appointment and supervision of non-elected department heads, ensuring that policies of the Legislature are followed, managing special projects of the Legislature, and representing the County Legislature at the state and local level.

Genesee County Employees donate to the Kiwanis Holiday Tote Project

Press Release:

Genesee County Employees from the Sheriff’s Office, Jail Division, Highway Department, Probation Department, De-partment of Motor Vehicles and County Clerk’s Office were among the many departments that donated food and cash for the Holiday Tote Project sponsored by the Batavia Kiwanis Club working in conjunction with the local Salvation Army and United Way.

The CSEA General Employees Unit donated $200 and the County Clerk’s Office held a “Dress Down for Charity” event to raise funds for the Tote Project. With these efforts and several generous personal donations County Employees col-lected over $700 in cash and several hundred food items.

Batavia Kiwanis Club President, Matt Landers, was thrilled by the generosity exhibited by the Genesee County work-force. “I’m amazed every year at the ability of the Genesee County employees to give more than the previous year! The kindness of Genesee County employees is going to help make Christmas brighter for dozens of local families.”

Chumlee A, Asher, Stalbaum all shine on Batavia Downs closing night

(Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

The western New York “wonder from down under” Chumlee A, proved once again that he is the best pacer currently on the grounds as he led a fast :57 back half under heavy duress on a cold night to win the final $10,000 Open Handicap pacing feature of the meet at Batavia Downs on closing night (Dec. 16).

It took Chumlee A (Larry Stalbaum) over a quarter of a mile to get the lead as Don’tcallmefrancis (Billy Davis Jr.) played hardball on the front-end. But eventually the Aussie got there after a quick :28 second split before he put on the brakes to the half to get a short breather. Not content with the slowing pace, Focus Power (Drew Monti) pulled at the half and started one heck of a fight.

Drawing alongside Chumlee A, Focus Power pushed the issue as the two matched strides in a :28.1 third panel. Also pacing together around the far turn, Chumlee A’s lead was getting shorter but he continued to look strong on the point. Halfway down the lane the overland route had gotten to Focus Power but Don’tcallmefrancis, who had gotten the perfect two-hole trip the entire mile, popped into the passing lane and made a late bid. However Chumlee A had enough in the tank and hung on by a head in 1:54.2.

It was the second straight Open victory and fourth straight win at Batavia Downs and in northern hemisphere for Chumlee A ($3.60) who has been racing in the U.S. for just over a month. The 6-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere is owned by Mark Jakubik and Kim Asher, who also does the training.

It was a big night for trainer Kim Asher and driver Larry Stalbaum. Besides winning the feature with Chumlee A they also teamed up to win three other races during the night including the seventeenth win of 2017 for Saint William A and the twenty-first victory of the year for Quicksilvercandy A, who now moves back into a tie with Safe From Terror as the winningest Standardbred in North America.

Then after the tenth race, Asher and Stalbaum were honored in the winner’s circle as the top dash winning trainer and driver of the meet at Batavia Downs.

The staff and management of Batavia Downs would like to wish everyone a very happy Holiday season and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. Racing resumes at the oldest lighted harness track in America in July of 2018.

GCC Athletics: Lady Cougar Cagers Have Three-Game Win Streak Snapped at NCCC Tourney

Press Release:

Lady Cougar Cagers Have Three-Game Win Streak Snapped at NCCC Tourney

The Genesee Community College women’s basketball team had its three-game winning streak snapped at the Niagara County Community College Tournament Classic Dec. 16-17.

The Cougars dropped a pair of 11-point losses to George Brown Dec. 16 and Frederick Community College Dec. 17.

In the 71-60 loss to George Brown, Genesee had four players hit double-digits in points with TaLia Burgess leading the way with 20. The current National Junior College Athletic Association Region III Player of the Week also co-led the Cougars in points with Rosalyn Sealey in the 59-48 loss to Frederick.

Against George Brown, Sealey, Titilopemi Olusola, and Chevaneese Millington combined for 33 points with Sealey scoring 13, Olusola adding 10 and Millington registering 11 points to go with Burgess’ 20-point performance.

Millington came closest to a double-double with nine rebounds to co-lead the team with Estella Anderson. Sealey had a team-high four assists in a game where the Cougars deserved better after out-scoring the Huskies in two of the last three quarters after playing the first quarter even at 12 apiece.

Against Frederick, Sealey shared the team lead in three categories including points, rebounds and assists. The lone Cougar sophomore tied Burgess in points with 13, tied Anderson in rebounds with eight, and tied Sierra Chudy in assists with four.

Genesee closes out the semester with its best play of the season by going 3-2 in the last week.

GCC Athletics: Holmes Named USC Scholar All-American / Men’s Basketball Team Splits at NCCC Tournament

Press Release:

Holmes Named USC Scholar All-American

Genesee Community College men’s soccer captain Glenn Holmes was named to the United Soccer Coaches Junior College Men’s Scholar All-America First Team Dec. 15 by the national chair of the USC Junior College Men’s Scholar All-America Committee, Chris Handy. Holmes will be honored by the UCS at its 71st convention in January 2018.

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

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

This is the third time Holmes has been honored this season as a first-team all-American. In addition to the two aforementioned USC All-American accolades, Holmes was also named to the NJCAA All-American squad as well.

Men’s Basketball Team Splits at NCCC Tournament

The Genesee Community College men’s basketball team improved its winning streak to five before having it snapped in Niagara County Community College’s tournament Dec. 15-16.

The Cougars started with a 99-87 win over Onondaga Community College Dec. 15 with their fifth-consecutive win. Although it was not another 100-plus point win, the victory allowed the Cougars to average 102 points over the course of those five-consecutive wins.

Current National Junior College Athletic Association Region III Player of the Week Brian Fobbs was on fire in both games scoring 36 points in the win over the Lazers and 30 points in the 92-81 loss to Henry Ford College, Dec. 16. In addition, Fobbs posted team-highs in rebounds and earned double-double performances in each contest with 15 boards against the Lazers and 16 against Henry Ford. In the latter game, Fobbs also recorded a pair of bocks, assists and steals.

Rahmel Thompson finished second in scoring in both contests to Fobbs with 44 total points. Thompson recorded 27 in the win and 17 in the loss. Joining Thompson with 17 points in the Henry Ford contest was Jarett Haines, while Caylen Williams added 15 points and a team-high three assists against the Hawks.

In addition to Fobbs and Thompson, two other Cougars recorded double-digit scoring performances with Williams adding 10 and Jaheem Page scoring 11 in the win against the Lazers. Williams registered a team-high seven assists and three steals against Onondaga.

The Cougars hit the semester break with a 9-4 overall record and 4-1 conference record.

Morning News Briefing

Rochester man arrested for alleged assault with pistol and knife in LeRoy.
LeRoy Police arrested 49 year old Joseph Cavico Jr. of Rochester following a violent domestic disturbance.
The incident occurred just before one o’clock Saturday morning.
According to authorities Cavico allegedly struck the victim numerous times about the head after threatening them with both a pistol and a knife.
Cavico was charged with 3rd Degree Assault and 2nd Degree Menacing which are both class A-Misdemeanors.
During the initial investigation, a .357 Pistol was located and seized.
Cavico allegedly possessed the gun unlawfully as the serial number was removed.
He was additionally charged with the Class D-Felonies of Willful Defacement of a weapon and Criminal Possession of a Weapon which was Defaced for Concealment.
Cavico was committed to the Genesee County Jail without bail.
The investigation remains ongoing.

Guilty plea in East Main Street Stabbing case.
One of the two defendants accused of committing the near fatal stabbing on East Main Street in July, 30 year old JW Hardy has accepted charges in the case.
He pled guilty to a single count of Assault in the first degree, a Class C violent felony.
Hardy admitted to taking part in the violent knife attack and is facing 10 years in prison at sentencing on February 14.
The co-defendant in the case, 26 year old Anthony Spencer Jr, is due in court today with his case still pending.

T.F. Brown’s teams up with the Batavia Lions Club once again to host their annual Christmas Day Community Dinner.
Enjoy a full-course holiday dinner and a visit from Santa for free.
All members of the community are welcome however reservations are requested.
There are seating’s at noon and at 1 p.m. on Christmas Day,
Call Barb to make reservations, at 345-1000.

The Buffalo Bills have to win at least one more game this year to have a serious shot at breaking the NFL’s longest ongoing playoff drought.
Yesterday the Bills beat Miami 16 to 24 and are now eight and six for the season.
If the Bills win their next two games they have a 95 percent chance of moving on to the postseason.
If they only win one of their next two games their odds could be as good as a coin flip.
If they lose to both New England and Miami they still have a three percent chance.

Governor Cuomo is calling for tipped employees be paid at least minimum wage.
At the end of the year minimum wage Upstate goes to ten-dollars and 40-cents an hour but minimum wage for tipped employees will be substantially less.
Cuomo said there’s no reason for employers in certain industries to pay their employees less.
He’s having the Commissioner of Labor look into possibly ending these practices.

Sunday News Briefing

A car and a school bus carrying 24 students crash on Mount Morris-Nunda Road.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the accident that happened late yesterday morning.
The driver of the car, identified only as a 33 year old woman, was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Of the 24 students on the bus, three were taken to the hospital as a precaution.
Deputies say bad weather and poor road conditions likely played a factor in the accident.

A Man pleads guilty to East Main Street Stabbing in Batavia.
30 year old JW Hardy pled guilty to a single count of Assault in the first degree, a Class C violent felony.
Hardy admitted to taking part in the near-fatal knife attack against a person on East Main Street last July. Hardy is facing 10 years in prison.

T.F. Brown’s and the Batavia Lions Club will again host their annual Christmas Day Community Dinner.
The dinner is free and open to all members of the community who want to enjoy a full-course holiday dinner and a visit from Santa.
There are two seatings Christmas Day, at noon and at 1 p.m.
To make reservations, call Barb at 345-1000.

The New Star Wars movie “The Last Jedi was shot on Kodak film made in Rochester. The movie opened this weekend.guilty plea
Three major Hollywood studios have signed multi-year contracts to buy film from Kodak.

Jim McNeight achieves 1,000th training wins

(Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Longtime western New York horseman Jim McNeight reached a career milestone as he won his 1,000 race as a trainer.

McNeight was at 999 before his pacer Open Water finished second on Wednesday (Dec. 6) and was placed first through a disqualification. But McNeight made it official on Friday (Dec. 15) when his trotter Millbrook Hanover driven by his son Jim McNeight Jr., won easily in the snow to notch his 1,000th career victory.

McNeight got started in the business while in his teens and learned under the guidance of his father Ed McNeight Sr. He got his driver’s license in 1981 and became a go-to catch driver in western New York within a few years.

Focusing mainly on driving for the first part of his career, McNeight added training to his daily duties when he father retired in 1992 and since that time has been a mainstay at Batavia Downs and Buffalo Raceway ever since.

In June of 2016, McNeight was involved in a bad accident at Buffalo Raceway and came away with a severe back injury that sidelined him for months. After time off and extensive rehab, he has been able to resume jogging and training but his doctors will not clear him to race due to the possibility of further damage in the event of another racing incident.

So now McNeight focuses fully on the training end of his current stable of 10 and is a full time coach for his son who does all the driving now and is a rising star on the same circuit his father excelled on for so many years.

Jim McNeight’s 1,000th training win was the result of 6,450 starts that also saw him finish second 932 times and third another 919. All told his earnings have amounted to just under $3.5 million.

“It’s very special to reach a milestone like this but you can’t do it without good, faithful owners and I have been blessed to have three of them” said McNeight. “Mike Ventura, Mike Calimeri and Dave Sanlorenzo have backed me for over 20 years and made those 1,000 wins possible.”

Mike Ventura owns Millbrook Hanover.

For his driving career McNeight has 3,587 wins and over $13 million earned in purses.

Lenny Mac, Sportsmuffler take co-Opens at Batavia Downs

(Photos courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

It was girl’s night out in a winter wonderland as snow squalls blew through Genesee County. The mare Lenny Mac beat the boys in the $10,000 Open trot and Sportsmuffler scored in the $10,000 distaff Open pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Dec. 15).

In the week’s top trot, Lenny Mac came from off the pace to win handily, overcoming the field and the elements with the greatest of ease.

Empire Earl N (Larry Stalbaum) went right to the front and led to the half in 1:00.2. Lenny Mac (Ron Beback Jr.) then pulled first up from fifth and motored quickly alongside Empire Earl N, and then right by him by the time they hit the backside.

From there it was all Lenny Mac as she opened up four lengths at the three-quarters, six lengths at the top of the stretch and eight lengths when she hit the wire like a runaway train in 2:00.2, blowing up the tote board at 12-1.

It was the ninth win of the year for Lenny Mac ($27.40) and it padded her bank account to the amount of $54,077 for owner William Emmons and trainer James Clouser Jr.

In the fillies and mares Open pace, Sportsmuffler, who had recently gotten back to her winning ways after not finishing a race on Nov. 22, caught a strong front runner at the wire in a thriller.

Miss Irish Rose A (Larry Stalbaum) left for a familiar front-end position and led the field in post-position order for almost a half mile before Squeeze This (Billy Davis Jr.) pulled and attacked at that station in :59.2.

With Miss Irish Rose A still in command by two, the outer flow stalled and Sportsmuffler (Ray Fisher Jr.) tipped three-deep around and moved to within one length of the leader. The two maintained their positions around the far turn but when they hit the top of the lane, Sportsmuffler dug in and drove on to capture a half-length victory in 1:57.4 in a three-horse photo.

It was the eleventh win in 42 starts this year for Sportsmuffler ($7.80) who now has $59,149 on her card for 2017. LAV Racing Stable Inc. owns the 5-year-old Sportsmaster mare that is trained by Mike Carrubba.

Larry Stalbaum widened his dash win lead again scoring three victories on the night. That pushed him to 130 wins for the meet, now six ahead of Ray Fisher Jr. and 11 ahead of Drew Monti. Barring a monumental turn of events it would appear Stalbaum has his first Batavia Downs driving title just about wrapped up.

One more night of racing remains at Batavia Downs in 2017 and that is Saturday (Dec. 16) with post time is 6 p.m.

There will be a guaranteed $2,500 early Pick-5 pool tomorrow with a mandatory payout. The wager runs from race one to race five and is a 50-cent minimum bet.

Saturday News Briefing

A military helicopter makes an emergency landing in Java, Wyoming County.
The chopper made what the Army has called a precautionary landing just before 11yesterday morning near Pleasant Valley and Pee Dee Roads in Java.
The Army said the UH-60 Blackhawk was on a training flight from Rochester when it developed unspecified difficulties and landed.
North java volunteer firemen were sent to the scene. There were no serious injuries.

Man pleads guilty to East Main Street Stabbing in Batavia.
30 year old JW Hardy appeared in County Court yesterday where he accepted a plea agreement and entered a guilty plea to a single count of Assault in the first degree, a Class C violent felony.
Hardy admitted to taking part in the near-fatal knife attack against a person on East Main Street in July.
Under the terms of the plea deal Hardy faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.
Sentencing is scheduled for February 14.
Hardy’s co-defendant, 26 year old Anthony Spencer Jr, is due in court on Monday with his case still pending.

A Chautauqua County man pleads guilty to one count of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide in connection with a fatal crash last summer in Wyoming County.
29 year old Joshua Huntress of Mayville admitted he drove his car from a motel in Warsaw while doing a combination of drugs.
He crashed into a pair of motorcycles, killing the driver of one of them. He could be sentenced to 5 to 15 years.

An employee of the Arc of Genesee Orleans has been arrested for sexual abuse of a client.
39 year old Rome Santiago was arrested by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office on a charge of Sexual Abuse in the 3rd degree.
Santiago worked with disabled individuals served by the ARC.
Authorities said Santiago allegedly had inappropriate and unwanted contact with an client during outings in both Orleans and Genesee Counties.

The New Star Wars movie “The Last Jedi was shot on Kodak film made in Rochester. The movie opens this weekend.
Three major Hollywood studios have signed multi-year contracts to buy film from Kodak.

Evening News Briefing

A military helicopter makes an emergency landing in Java, Wyoming County.
The chopper made what the Army has called a precautionary landing just before 11 this morning near Pleasant Valley and Pee Dee Roads in Java.
The Army said the UH-60 Blackhawk was on a training flight from Rochester when it developed unspecified difficulties and landed.
North java volunteer firemen were sent to the scene. There were no serious injuries.

A Chautauqua County man pleads guilty to one count of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide in connection with a fatal crash last summer in Wyoming County.
29 year old Joshua Huntress of Mayville admitted he drove his car from a motel in Warsaw while doing a combination of drugs. He crashed into a pair of motorcycles, killing the driver of one of them. He could be sentenced to 5 to 15 years.

There is a water main break on Richmond Ave in front of Van Detta Stadium. Crews are on site to make repairs which will take several hours. Richmond Ave will be closed to traffic between Union St and Verona Ave until repairs are complete.

An employee of the Arc of Genesee Orleans has been arrested for sexual abuse of a client.
39 year old Rome Santiago was arrested by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office on a charge of Sexual Abuse in the 3rd degree.
Santiago worked with disabled individuals served by the ARC.
Authorities said Santiago allegedly had inappropriate and unwanted contact with an client during outings in both Orleans and Genesee Counties.

A Lake Effect snow band is expected to intensify early this evening and move southward across the Niagara Frontier.
Snowfall rates of one to two inches per hour could reach parts of Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties.

The New Star Wars movie “The Last Jedi was shot on Kodak film made in Rochester. The movie opens this weekend.
Three major Hollywood studios have signed multi-year contracts to buy film from Kodak.

Report of a Military Helicopter crash in Java

A Military Helicopter reportedly crashed into trees in the area of Pleasant Valley and Pee Dee Roads in Java drawing emergency crews to the scene.

The crash occurred at around 10:45 this morning.

Minor injuries were reported and an initial request for Mercy Flight was cancelled.

Warsaw man indicted on Rape charges

21 year old Zachary Kersch has been indicted by a Wyoming County Grand Jury on charges of first and third degree Rape along with Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Kersch was arrested in October following an investigation that found he allegedly forcibly raped a teenage girl at a party in August.

He plead not guilty to the charges and was remanded to jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

He is expected back in Wyoming County Court in February.

Driver admits to vehicular homicide in Wyoming County Crash

29 year old Joshua Huntress of Mayville in Chautauqua County pleaded guilty to a count of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide a Class B non-violent felony for a crash that occurred in July in Orangeville.

Huntress admitted to driving his vehicle form a motel in Warsaw while impaired by a combination of drugs and causing the fatal crash on Route 20A near Boxler’s Farm.

A caller reported Huntress driving recklessly all over the road way and witnessed him crash into two oncoming motorcycles killing Tomasa Marinez and injuring three others.

He accepted the plea agreement on the condition that he be sentenced to an indeterminate term of 5 to 15 years in state prison or a possible 7 and a half to 15 if he is convicted as a second felony offender.

Huntress has a prior felony out of Pennsylvania.

He is scheduled for sentencing on January 18th.

Perry Central School Wins Genesee Community College’s 2017 Play to Get Fit Challenge!

L to R: Physical Education (PE) Teacher Rodney Allen, AjaLe Harvey (2nd Place) and Tycen Deaton (3rd Place), GCC Director of Health and PE Rebecca Dziekan, and Principal Steve Haynes. (Missing: Reagan Moroz who took 1st Place).

Press Release:

Congratulations to Perry Central School for winning GCC’s 2017 Play to Get Fit Challenge! The Health and Physical Education department at Genesee Community College has been rewarding schools and students for their Get Fit Challenge efforts since 2011.

The Play to Get Fit Program was created for third, fourth and fifth graders in the GLOW (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties) region to effectively illustrate how many minutes young people spend engaged in physical activity outside of school. Children record their active minutes on a five-week calendar log specially designed for the “Play to Get Fit” challenge. Walking, biking, running, skating, swimming, playing a sport, playing tag, playing on a swing set and other active, creative games are all eligible for active “credit” minutes. However, video fitness games utilizing Wii or Xbox Kinect are not eligible.

This year, the Perry Central School recorded a whopping 3,021 average active minutes based on the number of students enrolled in third, fourth and fifth grades. Last week, the school was awarded the 2017 winning plaque and each student received a certificate recognizing their participation and effort.

GCC would also like to congratulate the three most active (based on the total number of minutes recorded) participants in the GLOW region this year were:

Grant Grahagan of Batavia with 11,876 minutes

Sam Pies of Batavia with 9,895 minutes

Madison Needham of Batavia with 9,600 minutes

In addition, the program recognizes the three most active students from each participating school district:

LeRoy – 1st Isaac Stella; 2nd Cameron Riggi; 3rd Adam Woodworth

Batavia – 1st Grant Grahagan, 2nd Sam Pies; 3rd Madison Needham

Warsaw – 1st Parker Cartwright; 2nd Jacob McCormick; 3rd Jakob Cornell

York – 1st Brody Pangrazio; 2nd Connor Boyd; 3rd Havyan Wetmore

Pavilion – 1st Nicholas Deland; 2nd Kiara Gonzalez; 3rd Ella Tillotson

Perry – 1st Reagan Moroz; 2nd Aja Le Harvey; 3rd Tysen Deaton

Elba – 1st Noah Calarco-Smith; 2nd Tristan Snell; 3rd Ty Reilly

Oakfield-Alabama – 1st David Schichler; 2nd Alexis Roggen; 3rd Avery Watterson

“Play to Get Fit is a powerful way to expose kids to an active lifestyle and encourage them to have fun while being active,” said Becky Dziekan, GCC’s director of Health and Physical Education. “The participation from various school districts is proof that the program works! Congratulations to Perry and all of the students who participated.”

L to R front row: John Kennedy students Madison Needham (3rd place), Middle School students Grant Gahagan (1st Place) and Sam Pies (2nd Place). Back row: John Kennedy Principal Paul Kesler, Middle School PE Teacher James Patric, GCC Director of Health and PE Rebecca Dziekan, and John Kennedy PE Teacher Carmen Del Plato.

The Health and Physical Education program at Genesee Community College offers several areas of study. The Sports Management Studies transfer degree programs or associate of science (A.S.) program includes foundations in accounting, marketing, sports facility management and more. The Fitness and Recreation Management applied associate of science degree (A.A.S.) program offers a Personal Trainer concentration and the opportunity to earn the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accredited credentials through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as a certified personal trainer. In addition, GCC offers both an A.S. and an A.A.S in Physical Education Studies in which students have the opportunity to earn a coaching certificate for NYS non-Certified Physical Education Teachers.

For more information, contact Becky Dziekan, GCC’s director of Health and Physical Education at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6424, or via email: rldziekan@genesee.edu.

Genesee County Legislature: County Officers Salary for 2018

Press Release:

Notice is hereby given that the following Local Law Introductory No. Five Year 2017 was adopted by the Genesee County Legislature on December 13, 2017 and is subject to permissive referendum. In the event no valid petition requesting such referendum is received prior to January 26, 2018, said Local Law shall be filed with the Secretary of State in accordance with the applicable provisions of Law.

A LOCAL LAW IN RELATION TO THE SALARIES OF COUNTY OFFICERS OF THE COUNTY OF GENESEE, ELECTED OR APPOINTED FOR A FIXED TERM BE IT ENACTED by the Genesee County Legislature as follows:

Section I. The salary of the County Officers set forth below shall be as follows

a. Commissioner of Elections (2) $ 47,165
b. Highway Superintendent $109,051
c. Director of Real Property Tax Services $ 82,164
d. Director of Human Resources $ 75,638
e. Public Defender $ 98,283
f. County Clerk $ 92,674
g. Sheriff $ 102,423
h. Treasurer $ 95,375

Section 2. The above salary shall take effect January 1, 2018
Section 3. This Local Law is subject to referendum on petition pursuant to the provisions of Section 24 of the Municipal Home Rule Law.
Section 4. This Local Law shall take effect upon proper filing with the Office of the Secretary of State.

Pamela LaGrou, Clerk
Genesee County Legislature
DATED: December 14, 2017

Morning News Briefing

Genesee County Baseball Club hands control of Muckdogs Franchise to the New York Penn League.
Owners of the Batavia Muckdogs, The Genesee County Baseball Club has transferred control of the franchise to the New York-Penn League.
The announcement was made yesterday that the GCBC’s 23-person volunteer board officially approved the transfer.
GCBC President Brian Paris said,

“The New York Penn League will be organizing and developing a direction as to how they’ll be operating the team moving forward. At this point in time there isn’t any further information with this regard.”

The league is seeking a buyer for the franchise.
If it is sold the Rochester Red Wings will receive 50 percent of the profits, and the GCBC will receive the other half, minus legal fees and another 10 percent share of sale proceeds that will be kept by the league.
The “Muckdogs” name will remain property of the local ball club and GCBC President Paris said he hopes that a team called the Batavia Muckdogs will take the field at Dwyer Stadium in 2018.

An ARC employee accused of sexually abusing a client.
Following investigation by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office, 39 year old Rome Santiago of East State Street Albion was arrested and charged with Sexual Abuse in the third degree.
Santiago works with the disabled at the ARC of Genesee Orleans.
He allegedly had inappropriate and unwanted contact with an adult client during outings in both counties.
Santiago was released with an appearance ticket returnable to Albion Town Court on December 20th.

Jail without bail for an Alabama resident accused of threatening with a knife.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 47 year old Kevin Weber of Judge Road yesterday afternoon following an incident at a Judge Road address in Alabama.
Weber was accused of threatening another person with a knife and a full stay away order of protection was put in place against him.
He was charged with second degree Menacing and was remanded to the Genesee County Jail without bail.
Weber is scheduled for January 4th in Alabama Town Court.

Troopers in Warsaw arrest a Wyoming man following a violent domestic dispute.
25 year old Aaron Cory of Wyoming is facing charges of Aggravated Harassment for communicating a threat, Criminal Mischief with intent to damage property, Harassment with Physical Contact and Menacing.
Cory was arrested by State Police after the domestic dispute last Thursday.
An order of protection was issued for the victim and Cory was ordered to be held in lieu of $2,500 bail in the Wyoming County Jail.
He is slated for Perry Town Court on January 10th.

Another winter storm watch is called for much of Western New York.
Forecasters say Buffalo could be in for up to five more inches of lake effect snow tonight.
Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties are also in line for some serious snow.
The storm watch starts at four o’clock this afternoon and ends at one o’clock tomorrow afternoon.

 

Semi into Utility Pole reported in East Bethany

Call came in shortly after 9 a.m. for a semi into a utility pole accident at 5902 Ellicott Street Road in East Bethany between Transit and East Road.

Bethany Fire, Stafford Rescue and Mercy Medic One were called to the scene for reported injuries.

There was a power outage reported in the area and crews were shutting down Route 63 around the scene.

Kim Asher is top trainer at Batavia Downs; drivers go to the wire

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for UNY USHWA

The Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will present performance awards to the top dash winning trainer and driver of the meet during the 10th annual “Night of Distinction” ceremony in the winner’s circle at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Dec. 16) and whereas the top conditioner has been well identified, the driver’s race will likely go down to the final races of the weekend.

Kim Asher is currently the top percentage trainer in North America with a UTR of .427 and $1.1 million in earnings. She is also ranked eighth in North America for wins, currently with 208.

So it’s no surprise that Asher is also the trainer of the meet at Batavia Downs for 2017.

Asher has started 351 horses during the session winning 88 races, finishing second 55 times and third another 55 times and saw her horses hit the board 56% of the time. Those efforts gave her a stellar UTR of .390 and $479,491 in purses. Her win total more than doubled her closest competitor.

Competing for only the second year at Batavia, Asher’s training career spans 19 years and during that time she has won multiple training titles including most recently, the 2017 Buffalo Raceway meet. This year Asher has sent out 208 winners and that mark was a personal best. Her stable boast horses with gaudy win totals like Quicksilvercandy A (20), Saint William A (16), Itsonlyrocknroll A (13) and Kaitlyn Rae (11).

During her career Asher has 1,934 wins, 1,456 seconds and 1,222 thirds out of 9,196 starts for a lifetime UTR of .342 and earnings of over $15 million.

The driving accolades for this meet are still up in the air.

Larry Stalbaum is the current dash win leader with 127 wins while Ray Fisher Jr. is second with 122 and Drew Monti is third with 117. With only two cards of racing left and probably 20 starts apiece remaining for all three drivers, Stalbaum looks fairly solid with a five-race lead.

If Stalbaum does win the title it would be his first at Batavia Downs. However the long-tenured horseman is no stranger to being the best set of hands on any circuit. Over his 32-year career he has won dash honors at Northville Downs, Hazel Park, Sports Creek Park, Jackson Harness Raceway, Monticello Raceway, Raceway Park, Cal Expo and most recently, Buffalo Raceway earlier this year.

During his career, Stalbaum has driven 5,732 winners and earned just under $39 million in purses.

Ray Fisher Jr. has won two driving titles at Buffalo Raceway and four at Northfield Park. But since arriving at the Genesee County oval in 2007 has never taken the top spot there although he did finish second and third three times each. So winning it this year would definitely be a notch in his belt.

Since his career began in 1987, Fisher has won 4,200 races lifetime and just shy of $18 million in purses.

Drew Monti is the defending dash driving winner at Batavia Downs, taking his first-ever driving title last year with 116 wins. He had a substantial lead this year earlier in the meet, but the competition stiffened and now he has a lot of work to do in order to repeat.

Although the 23-year-old Monti has only been driving for five years, he is already closing in on his 1,000th win (currently with 979) and has made $5.5 million in purses during that time.

The competition for the driving title will resume on Friday night (Dec. 15) and will be decided on Saturday (Dec. 16). Post time for both nights is 6 p.m.

GCC Athletics Update

Press Release:

Lady Cougars Improve Win Streak to Three with 31-Point Fourth Quarter Rally

The Genesee Community College women’s basketball team improved its winning streak to three games after a season –high, 31-point fourth quarter in a come-from-behind Western New York Athletic Conference win over Mercyhurst North East 81-76.

The 81 total points were also a season high after the Cougars entered the final quarter trailing 54-50. Genesee opened the fourth quarter with a 10-1 run led by Estella Anderson, who scored seven of the team’s first dozen points of the fourth including the basket that put the Cougars ahead to stay at 55-54. Anderson just missed a double-double with nine points, but her 11 rebounds led the team.

The Saints came within one score in the final minute, but current National Junior College Athletic Association Region III Player of the Week TaLia Burgess sank a pair of free throws in the final seconds to make it a two-score game and seal the win. Burgess registered 18 of her team-high 23 points from three-land and shot above 50 percent from beyond the arc. In addition, her nine rebounds were only second to Anderson and it was the third-consecutive game she either led or co-led the team in scoring.

Rosalyn Sealey was also instrumental in the win, especially her free-throw shooting where she hit 14-of-16 at 88 percent and finished with 21 points.

Men’s Basketball Team Registers Third-Consecutive 100-Plus Point Win

The Genesee Community College men’s basketball team extended its winning streak to four games with a 101-67 road win over Mercyhurst North East Dec. 13. It was the third-consecutive time the team reached triple digits, while the win improved Genesee’s Western New York Athletic Conference record to 4-1. Over the Cougars current four-game win streak, Genesee has averaged 104 points.

Genesee scored the game’s first basket for their first lead and never trailed. After building a 14-point first-half lead at 44-30, the Cougars opened the second half with a 10-run before out-scoring the Saints by 20 in the second half.

Three Cougars accounted for 75 points with each having 20-point-plus performances. Rahmel Thompson led the team in scoring with 27 points, but Jaheem Page and current National Junior College Athletic Association Region III Player of the Week Brian Fobbs both registered double-doubles. The latter pair each scored 24 points with Page leading the team in rebounds with 15 and Fobbs not far behind with 13 boards.

Coach Gavin Garners Recognition for GCC as USC National Staff of the Year

The United Soccer Coaches announced its staffs of the year for each level of competition associated with the prestigious organization that includes the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), National Association of Interscholastic Athletics (NAIA) and Junior College at Division-I and Division-III for both men’s and women’s teams.

Genesee Community College was recognized as the Junior College D-III Staff of the Year for the men’s division Dec. 13. USC will honor GCC at its annual convention and awards banquet Jan. 19, 2018 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Genesee Community College men’s soccer staff of head coach Ken Gavin and assistant coach Josh Carpenter led the 2017 GCC men’s soccer team to its first national title in Herkimer, N.Y. in November. An often overlooked, but vital part to Genesee’s staff is athletic trainers Amber Nichols and Jeff Engels, who assisted the coaches and players throughout their championship run. The Cougars finished their magical season on a 10-game winning streak and a 20-game unbeaten streak.

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

Cougar Athletes of the Week Announced

The Genesee Community College’s athletes of the week for the period ending Dec. 10 are TaLia Burgess (Philadelphia, Pa.) from the women’s basketball team and Brian Fobbs (Rochetser, NY) from the men’s basketball team. Both were also announced as the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Region III Players of the Week Dec. 12.

Brian led Genesee to its first three-game win streak of the season with a pair of weekend tournament victories by accumulating 49 points, 19 rebounds and six assists. Even more impressive than his totals was his shooting percentage, where he shot 74 percent from the field that included 75 percent from beyond the arc with 18 points, and 100 percent from the free-throw line with nine points. He also helped the team to its first 100-plus point game twice.

TaLia led Genesee CC in scoring in a pair of tournament wins where the Cougars emerged as the only undefeated team in the women’s bracket. TaLia scored 40 points with 11 rebounds and four assists that included 30 points from beyond the arc at a 53 percent shooting percentage. Her point totals of 25 and 15 were team-highs in each contest.

New Tools Enabling GCC Student Success

Press Release:

In the past four years, nothing short of nine new digital opportunities have been introduced by Genesee Community College to help streamline the course registration process and assist students and/or their success coaches and advisors in creating the best possible academic schedule. The College’s Board of Trustees was given a demonstration of the latest online tool, College Scheduler on Monday night. GCC assistant registrar Tara Conrad showed the Trustees how the new software program can reduce a typical 45-minute registration process down to 15 minutes, and how it helps ensure students are following the best pathway for the most effective, timely degree completion.

College Scheduler joins a host of other empowering course registration utilities that have been introduced by GCC, such as Banner Mobile (2013), DegreeWorks (2014), Student Educational Planner and Axiom (2015), Student Outcome Tracking (2016), Student Advising Profile and Credentials Solution Transcripts Plus (2017). Together, this new technology or software programs have changed the way students can manage their academic progress.

“The days of standing in a long line to register for classes with a printed course catalog are long gone,” Conrad said. “College Scheduler is our ninth new element for student success.” An admitted ‘data and software junky,’ Conrad’s enthusiasm for the new program is compounded by its reporting structure and data collection capabilities. In the coming year, she is very excited about the new intelligence College Scheduler will reveal including term over term persistence rates.

Equally as impressive, however, is the user-friendly interface. Students can use the program independently without the oversight of a success coach, and they choose their own parameters-from campus location to term of enrollment, favorite instructors to preferred class times. College Scheduler also allows students to factor in their personal break time for things like athletic practice, work-study employment and even registering for a particular section to be with a friend. In Conrad’s five minute demonstration, the sample schedule started with more than 275 spring schedule options, but was quickly reduced down to less than six options as she clicked through a variety of preferences.

“By streamlining the entire registration process, we are enhancing the student and the success coach experience,” James M. Sunser, president of GCC said. “Reducing 45 minutes to 15 minutes is huge! Low value time gives way to engaging students in something more meaningful. Automation allows the success coaches to ask the students how things are going and talk about things that are much more important rather than of hunting and pecking for the right course.”

To watch a short, 1:21 minute video about College Scheduler go to https://youtu.be/rGvN7WobdC0.

In other business, the Board of Trustees:

Announced that GCC is again accepting nominations for Honorary Associate Degrees that would be conferred at the College’s fiftieth Commencement Ceremony on May 20, 2018. Any person is welcome to make nominations. Nominees should be associated with the College and have achieved business, professional, civic and scholarly accomplishments; made extraordinary contributions to the life and the growth of the College; or notable leaders in the academic disciplines taught at the College. Recipients of honorary degrees are individuals whose accomplishments, contributions or leadership are well beyond ordinary standards, and serve as an inspiration to members of the College community and as role models for students and citizens of the region. All nominations are due by February 1, 2018 to Cathy Costello, Executive Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees, Genesee Community College, One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020. For further information, please call Cathy at 585-345-6812 or email: cecostello@genesee.edu.

Previous Honorary Degree recipients include Alfred C. O’Connell, Neil Burns, William W. Stuart (posthumously) in 2007; Anthony T. Zambito (posthumously) in 2008; Eva L. Bohn in 2011, John C. Dwyer in 2014 and Norbert J. Fuest in 2017.

For Honorary Degree guidelines and the nomination form go to: https://www.genesee.edu/home/about/administration/trustees/honorary-associates-degree-nomination/

Approved the granting of degrees and certificates to 287 students for January 2018 pending the successful completion of academic requirements. GCC anticipates awarding 133 Associate in Applied Science degrees (AAS), 128 Associate in Science degrees (AS), two Associate in Arts degrees (AA), and 24 certificates.

Approved the updated language in Policy #1032 for GCC Computing Policies, Policy #2012 for Family and Medical Leave, and Policy #6008 for Alcohol Use during College events or functions.

Approved the appointment of Samuel DiSalvo as student advisor for the Upward Bound Program. His temporary, grant-funded position continues through August, 2018. A former math teacher at Urban Choice Charter School in Rochester, DiSalvo holds two bachelor’s degrees from SUNY Oswego in Mathematics and Creative Writing. He was a substitute teacher for the City of Batavia School District, where he also resides.

Approved the retitling of two management positions to be aligned with SUNY professional service classifications, specifically Assistant Dean for Admissions and Recruitment (formerly Director of Admissions), and Associate Dean for Student Support Services (formerly Dean of Students).

Hawley Announces Numerous New Projects as Part of 2017 REDC Awards

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today announced a number of new local economic development projects are being funding as part of the 2017 Regional Economic Development Council Awards (REDC).

“The benefits of economic development influence many facets of our region like encouraging new and expanding businesses, increased tourism and supporting community resources like libraries and historical sites that people visit each day and bolstering our tax base,” Hawley said. “I am very proud to announce that our community has received such a large commitment in economic development funding, and very much look forward to the completion of these projects and the benefits they will bring all of us.”

Projects to be funded within the 139th Assembly District include:

• $333,000- City of Batavia Water System Improvements
• $180,000- First Light Creamery Expansion
• $30,000- Town of Batavia Wastewater Treatment Assessment Planning
• $30,000- Village of Bergen Wastewater Treatment Plant Disinfection Study
• $1,000,000- Village of Oakfield Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvements
• $1,000,000- Village of Oakfield Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements
• $180,000- Western Region Off-Track Betting Paddock Improvements
• $250,000- Barsuk Recycling Railroad Infrastructure
• $100,000- Monroe County Development of a county-wide storm water system map
• $57,000- The College at Brockport will construct a new trail along the Erie Canal
• $62,000- Orleans County Local Waterfront Revitalization Program
• $50,000- Orleans County Water Sewer Efficiency Study
• $37,500- Village of Medina Local Waterfront Revitalization Program

Morning News Briefing

Bank Street man behind bars without bail for alleged drug dealing.
46 year old Corey Armstrong of Bank Street in Batavia was arrested following investigation by the Genesee County Local Drug Task Force into the sale of crack cocaine in and around Batavia.
Armstrong was arrested on an active warrant during a traffic stop in the city.
He was charged with four Class B Felony counts of Criminal Possession and Sale of a Controlled Substance and was also allegedly found in possession of a quantity of Marijuana leading to a single misdemeanor count.
Armstrong was committed to the County Jail without bail.

Young Inventor in Alexander wins big in nationwide contest.
14 year old Alexander High School Student Andrew Young Jr. has been selected as the winner of the nationwide My Dreamvention contest.
Andrew created the winning invention the “Toaster Shooter” after seeing his grandmother burn her fingers on a conventional toaster.
Along with all the excitement from winning, Andrew will receive a quarter million dollar prize.
His father Andrew Senior said the winnings will be put away for a college fund as Andrew Jr. plans on attending M.I.T.

A Batavia man picked up on warrant with addition charges for the contents of his pocket.
23 year old Austin Wester of Pratt Road Batavia was arrested on an active warrant out of Batavia City Court.
Wester was charged with four counts of Forgery and a single count of Petit Larceny after he allegedly took checks from another person, forged their name and cashed them.
When Wester was placed under arrest Police allegedly located a hypodermic instrument in his pocket leading to a an additional charge.
He was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of bail.

County Jail Inmate adds to charges with contemptuous letters.
35 year old Shawn Twardowski of West Main Street in Batavia who is currently incarcerated in the Genesee County Jail is now facing two counts of second degree Criminal Contempt.
Twardowski is accused of sending a letter through the postal service to a female acquaintance in March and November violating a complete stay away order of protection.

Governor Cuomo is working to take guns away from those convicted of domestic violence.
It’s already illegal for New Yorkers convicted of felonies related to domestic violence to own guns but the governor wants to make it illegal for those convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors too.
Yesterday Cuomo said he’s going to push for bills that could allow their guns to be confiscated.
He’s targeting all guns, not just handguns.

Stankevich Opens Up His First Campaign Office in Genesee County

Press Release:

Batavia, New York – As the volunteer lists keep growing, Progressive Democratic Congressional Candidate Nicholas Stankevich has opened his first district office. The work space is located at 56 Harvester Avenue in Batavia, Genesee County. Renovated from a former industrial work space, the Stankevich campaign has scheduled an Open House and the official opening to be Thursday, December 21st from 6:30 to 8:30pm.

“Our intention is to provide a great place for our volunteers to work on our campaign as we begin the important process of taking back the 27th Congressional District,” said Stankevich. “We will win this election only with the hard work of our volunteers and pressing the important issues that greatly influence the families of this district.”

The office is housed in the old Massey-Harris plant at 56 Harvester Avenue in Batavia. Designed as a work space for volunteers, the office will be used on a continual basis to house volunteer activities for the Stankevich campaign. “This office is really what this campaign is all about,” stated Stankevich. “Our district used to be full of manufacturing jobs like those that were housed in this facility. Today, we have to develop 21st century jobs, educate our young people, train them in new technologies and opportunities that provide a strong livable wage. That is how we will bring back our communities in western New York.”

Office Hours are daily, but dependent on the volunteer schedule. The Open House is a great way to grab a cup of coffee with the candidate to discuss the issues of the 27th Congressional District.

Hodgins Engraving Aquires Impact Printing and Engraving

Press Release:

Hodgins Engraving announced they are acquiring Impact Printing & Engraving, located in Garfield, New Jersey.

Impact Printing and Engraving is a 4th generation printing company that provides high-quality engraving, letterpress, foil stamping, thermography, and offset printed products.

“We are excited to bring Impact into our business family”, Hodgins Engraving President Becky Almeter said. “They are well-respected in the industry and we look forward to bringing additional value to their customer base.”

All production and customer service functions will be relocated to Hodgins Engraving headquarters located in Batavia, New York in the coming months. In addition, Hodgins will immediately begin offering additional products and services to existing Impact Printing & Engraving customers.

Former Impact Printing & Engraving President Frank Corbiserie, Jr. will remain associated with the company in a sales role.

“There’s great synergy between Impact and Hodgins” Almeter added. “Their existing customers have a need for the types of products we have specialized in for over 60 years. We look forward to providing that continuity. It’s a privilege to work with another respected family-run business operation and continue to support the customer base they worked so hard to serve for so many years.”

About Becky Almeter

Becky Almeter has been with Hodgins Engraving since 2007. She holds Bachelor’s Degrees in International Relations and Spanish from Eckerd College.

About Impact Printing and Engraving

Impact Printing and Engraving is a printing company that specializes in engraving, letterpress, foil stamping, thermography and offset printing. They were formerly located in Garfield, New Jersey.

About Hodgins Engraving

Hodgins Engraving, located in Batavia, New York is an industry-leading international producer of high-end, custom print products. Website: http://www.hodginsengraving.com.

Christmas comes early for a Young Alexander Inventor

The votes have been counted and 14 year old Alexander High School Student Andrew Young Jr. has been selected as the winner of the nationwide My Dreamvention contest.

Andrew broke the good news to his grandmother while she was busy baking Christmas cookies.

He was inspired to create his winning invention the “Toaster Shooter” after seeing his grandmother burn her fingers trying to remove toast from a conventional toaster.

Andrew entered the nationwide contest sponsored by Frito-Lay after seeing an advertisement for it on the Ellen Show.

He was the only boy among the five finalists who were part of a voting campaign that ended last month.

Along with all the attention from winning, Andrew will receive a quarter million dollar prize which his father Andrew Senior said will be set aside for a college fund.

Andrew plans on attending M.I.T.

Horses of the meet announced for Batavia Downs

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for UNY USHWA

The Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) have announced their horses of the meet for 2017 at Batavia Downs.

Pacer of the Meet: Focus Power

While racing in the top Open class for 13 starts at Batavia, western New York newcomer Focus Power won three times and finished second another five while amassing $36,010 in purses. He was on fire in September when he won three out of four starts while setting two new lifetime marks during that period (September 2, 1:53 and September 23, 1:52.4).

After being claimed at Yonkers just prior to the start of the Batavia meet, Focus Power made an immediate impact to the good fortunes of owner James Caradori and trainer Darrin Monti. Driver Drew Monti was aboard for every start. Overall Focus Power has nine wins in 2017 and earnings that total $97,395.

Trotter of the Meet: BZ Glide

BZ Glide was a fixture in the weekly Open trot once again this year and showed although he’s getting older, he hasn’t lost a step. In 15 starts against the local best, BZ Glide won three with six seconds and a third banking $34,405 in the process. He also set a seasonal mark of 1:56.3.

As has been the case every year, the family affair of Alana Caprio training and Mike Caprio driving, the two also team up in ownership of the big trotting gelding. For the year, BZ Glide has a total of five wins and earnings of $52,405.

Mare of the Meet: Voltina

Competing the entire meet in the fillies and mares Open I or II, Voltina was as tough as they came winning three Open I’s and one Open II along with six second place finishes and took home purses totaling $34,060. She took her seasonal mark of 1:55 at Batavia as well.

Owned by CHS Racing LLC, the Tony Cummings-trained Voltina had a career year winning a total of eight races and earning $69,456 in purses. Kevin Cummings was aboard for the majority of her starts.

Claimer of the Meet: Quicksilvercandy A

Listed as the winning-est pacer in North America for a good portion of the year, Quicksilvercandy A had a field day racing at Batavia Downs. Moving up and down the class ladder, the mare ended up winning seven claiming races including the $20,000 Claiming Championship final for her division in November. Her four seconds and two thirds also helped bump up her bankroll to $40,165 for the meet.

Owned and driven by Larry Stalbaum, Quicksilvercandy A recorded a career year of 20 wins and $108,994 in earnings under the training of Kim Asher.

Most Improved Horse of the Meet: In Runaway Bay N

In Runaway Bay N came to Batavia Downs off a less than stellar early part of the year. He made his first start at Batavia in August, winning in the bottom class; non-winners of $1,000 in 1:55.1. He strung together four wins while working his way up to the Open where he finished second two weeks in a row. The following week he faced Foiled Again and finished a respectable fourth to the richest Standardbred of all time. Since then he has won three Open paces. For the meet, he took a seasonal mark of 1:53.1 and earned $39,050.

In Runaway Bay N is owned by Super Mile LLC and is trained by Angelo Nappo. Kevin Cummings was in the bike for the bulk of the work.

The connections of these horses will be presented their trophies in the winner’s circle at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Dec. 16) during the 10th annual “Night of Distinction” awards ceremony.

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

Hawley to Pistol Owners: ‘Preserve The 2nd Amendment By Keeping Your Pistol Certified’

Press Release:

In his ongoing efforts to preserve our Second Amendment rights, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today reminded pistol permit holders to re-certify their permits by January 31, 2018 in order to prevent them from becoming invalid. If your pistol permit was issued before January 15, 2013, you must re-certify your permit before January 31, 2018. If your permit was issued on or prior January 15, 2013, the deadline is five years after the date the permit was issued.

“Unfortunately, this is a new mandate on pistol permit holders in New York and the first year that owners have to re-certify,” Hawley said. “The deadline is coming up and many New Yorkers may be unaware of these new requirements. As much as we may disagree with the unconstitutional Safe Act, if we come out in droves to re-certify it will send the message to state leadership that we cherish our Second Amendment right to bear arms, and will not be silenced by any big government policies, as frustrating as they might seem.”

If you are a New York state pistol permit holder and need to re-certify your license or would like more information, please visit the New York State Trooper Website here. Additionally, feel free to contact my office with questions at (585) 589-5780, or email me at hawleys@nyassembly.gov.

Morning News Briefing

Teen pleads guilty to making terrorist threats against law enforcement at the Rez.
17 year old Isaac Abrams of Basom was facing charges for an incident on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation last September where he was accused of threatening to shoot police.
Yesterday Adrams appeared in court where admitted to the incident and plead guilty to a felony count of making a terrorist threat.
According to authorities Abrams and his friends set up a roadblock and charged motorists driving onto the reservation a toll.
The teens had apparently all been drinking.
Abrams threatened police once they arrived on scene claiming he would harm them with a weapon that was never found.
Abrams could get up to seven years when sentenced.

Report of a fully involved car fire.
Report came in at around 6:25 a.m. for a fully involved car fire at 7772 Buffalo Road in Riga between Sheridan Road and Rochester Street.
At last report Bergen fire was responding.

Infamous prison escapee is starving himself in the hopes that he will be moved from Attica.
According to reports inmate David Sweat stopped eating solid food six days after was transferred last month to the Attica Correctional Facility.
Sweat is reportedly not pleased with his new residence and wants to be transferred back.
Attica prison officials are working to obtain a court to order a feeding tube for him.

Hawley reminds pistol owners to re-certify.
In his ongoing efforts to preserve our Second Amendment rights, Assemblyman Steve Hawley has reminded pistol permit holders to re-certify their permits by January 31, 2018 in order to prevent them from becoming invalid.
If your pistol permit was issued before January 15, 2013, you must re-certify your permit before January 31, 2018.
If your permit was issued on or prior January 15, 2013, the deadline is five years after the date the permit was issued.

Snow is expected to keep falling and blowing through early this afternoon.
The National Weather Service has posted the Winter Weather Advisory for Genesee, Orleans, Niagara and northern Erie Counties.
The Weather Service says we can plan on slippery driving conditions.
Additional snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches.

Local Law Enforcement stepping up patrols for the season.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia Police Department and the Village of Le Roy Police Department will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving
The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on Dec. 15 and will end on Jan. 1.
New York State Police, County Sheriffs and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force.

County to Participate in State DWI Crackdown

 

 

 

News Release

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

While we spend this Holiday Season celebrating with friends and family and looking forward to the blessings of a New Year the law enforcement community across New York State will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on December 15th and will end on January 1st, 2018. New York State Police, County Sheriffs and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force. Sheriff Sheron states, “our patrols will be extra vigilant for impaired drivers this Holiday Season. Make sure you don’t attract their attention by drinking and driving.”

Hawley to host Free Yellow Dot Programs in Corfu and Albion

News Release

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced today that he will be hosting two free Yellow Dot programs later this week in Albion and Corfu. The programs will be conducted by both the Orleans and Genesee County Sheriff Departments with Orleans County Sheriff Randall Bower, Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron, Jr. and Undersheriff Gregory Walker expected to attend. Yellow Dot is designed to help first responders provide life-saving medical attention during that first “golden hour” after a car crash or emergency.

“Yellow Dot is truly a life-saving program,” Hawley said. “This is a free program that is especially important as road conditions become more dangerous during the winter months. Participating in the Yellow Dot Program is as easy as filling out a brief medical card and placing the yellow dot sticker on your car window. I encourage all who are available to stop by and pick up your free Yellow Dot Kit at one of these events this week or contact your local sheriff’s department.”

WHO: Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia)
Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron Jr.
Genesee County Undersheriff Gregory Walker
Orleans County Sheriff Randall Bower

WHAT: Free Yellow Dot Program

WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, December 13, 12:30 p.m.
Albion Academy Apartments
South Entrance, 16 E Academy St., Albion

Thursday, December 14, 12:30 p.m.
Corfu United Presbyterian Church
63 Alleghany Rd., Corfu

Two people injured in Alabama house fire

The house fire was reported at 2210 Judge Road in Alabama at around quarter to nine this morning.

Seven fire companies along with the Batavia’s FAST Team were called into action.

Town of Alabama Fire Chief Gary Patnod was on scene.

“For probably the first three to four minutes on location the upstairs occupant was not accounted for. He was a past member of our department and his wife still is currently an active member. We were able to make some contacts and find out that he was indeed out and safe. Upon our arrival the downstairs tenant was already out of the apartment and had sustained some burns. EMS was arriving on location to take care of her.”

One person was transported to the Erie County Medical Center for smoke inhalation and burns and the other individual was being evaluated in an ambulance on scene.

The fire was brought under control by around 9:30 this morning.

There was report of possible animals inside and one cat was initially rescued and another was resuscitated.

A dog reportedly perished in the blaze.

At around 10:15 a.m. Town of Batavia Fire and Sheldon Fire were called to return to the scene for a fire at 2180 Judge Road.

The story provided by our news partner The Batavian.

Rusty Freeman to receive Innovator’s Award at Batavia Downs

 

(Photo courtesy of Rusty Freeman)

 

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for UNY USHWA

Anyone who has ever dealt with a quarter crack can appreciate what it takes to get their horse sound and racing again. Rusty Freeman is responsible for changing the way this debilitating condition is handled, reducing down time from weeks to days and turning the process into a state of the art form over the years.

As a result of his tireless work to help the breed, the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will present Freeman with the Innovator’s Award for contributions to the sport of harness racing in the winner’s circle at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Dec. 16) during the 10th annual “Night of Distinction” awards ceremony.

Freeman was working as a factory machinist in western New York in the late 1970’s when he was first introduced to harness racing. While visiting a friend who had trotters, he was shown why a particular horse was lame with a hoof crack and the whole thing quickly intrigued him.

He developed a way to use a Dremel tool and cut out just the part of the hoof he felt was needed, and then put a tube under the patch. That way air could still get to the sore area to aid healing and it could also be flushed with antiseptic to keep it clean.

He then researched and developed an acrylic compound he uses instead of fiberglass and combines that with Kevlar cloth to do the patches. The combination of the tube under the new patch material gives the area every opportunity to heal and grow out properly in a short amount of time.

Freeman has been plying his trade at harness tracks in New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania for almost 40 years now and many times works hand in hand with vets. As a result, hundreds of horses have been made sound quicker, allowing them to get back in the box much sooner.

Also a farrier, Freeman is an accredited member of the American Association of Professional Farriers (AAPF) and helps other professionals in the field understand and benefit from his technics.

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

Morning News Briefing

Winter Weather persists in the region.
Orleans and Genesee County continue under the Winter Weather Advisory until Wednesday afternoon according to The National Weather Service.
Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are expected with winds peaking at 40 miles per hour.
Morning Commuters should take some extra time to deal with difficult conditions such as blowing and drifting snow.
Several counties to the south including Wyoming County are under a Lake Effect Snow Warning until Wednesday evening.
They are expected to receive a total of 10 to 15 inches of snow with up to 20 inches across the higher terrain of Chautauqua County.

City Council updated on Zombie homes initiative.
Lindsey Luft an administrative intern for Operation Keep Our Homes, a program designed to identify and reduce the number of vacant and abandoned homes in the City of Batavia presented to City Council at their meeting last night.
Luft said the problem effects the entire community.

“So it really affects the City at all levels and at every census tract, and it’s not targeted at any kind of income level. There’s about 89 zombie properties in our area. So we’re really focused on getting them up and rehabilitated.”

Luft said the initiative has just about reached its goal of connecting with 10 families facing foreclosure.
She said they are currently working with nine families one of which has already been allowed to keep their home.
Luft is graduate assistant at Brockport State College and has been serving the City since May.

Wyoming County crash claims the life of a Java resident.
State Police were called to a two vehicle fatal crash on Perry Road in Sheldon shortly before noon on Sunday.
20 year old Alex Dedoszak of Java failed to negotiate a curve while heading eastbound on Perry Road, then crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a westbound vehicle according to investigators.
Dedoszak was pronounced dead at the scene.
The other driver sustained only minor injuries and State Police continue to investigate the crash.
Dedoszak was a Class of 2016 Attica High School Graduate.

Albion Parolee jailed without bail for alleged drug dealing.
52 year old Kenneth Thompson of North Main Street Albion was arrested by members of the Orleans County Drug Task Force following an investigation into the sale of crack cocaine in and around Albion.
Task Force agents seized a quantity of crack cocaine inside his apartment on North Main that was reportedly packaged for sale.
Thompson was charged with count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance a Class B Felony
Thompson was jailed without bail and is currently on parole with additional charges pending.
He is expected in Albion Town Court tomorrow.

Morning News Briefing

The Buffalo bills battled not just the Indianapolis Colts but Mother Nature as LeSean McCoy scored on a 21 yard run to secure the Bills win with 1:33 left in overtime.
McCoy had 156 yards and one touchdown while Quarterback Nathan Peterman threw for 1 td and was 5 for 10 and 57 yards while battling 25-30mph winds.
Bills wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin says he had fun playing in the snow.

The Bills are now 7-6 on the season.

Genesee County has seemed to escape the worst of the latest Western New York lake effect snowstorm. We received under six inches of snow overnight. Plows and salt shakers have been out all night and travel conditions this morning are generally OK.
There is, however, a Winter Strom Watch in effect for Genesee and Orleans Counties from late this evening through Wednesday afternoon.

Two people are killed in the collision of a car and tractor-trailer in the town of Elba.
The crash happened just after one o’clock Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Route 98 and Lockport Road.
State Police tell us 45 year old Franca (frank-ah) Monachino (mon-ah-chee-no) of Hilton was westbound on Lockport Road, failed to yield at the intersection and struck the big rig.
Both vehicles ran off the road and hit a utility pole causing it to fall.
Both Monachino and the truck driver, 29 year old Jerry Tuttle of Kingley, Pennsylvania were pronounced dead at the scene.
Both drivers were alone in their vehicles.

A car struck a poll near the CVS pharmacy on West Main St in Batavia.
It happened just before 11 last night.
Three people were in the vehicle – no information available on injuries.
Crews are replacing that pole this morning.

A hunter was found after getting lost while hunting in the Tonawanda management wildlife area.
The Alabama Fire and sheriff’s deputies responded around 10:30yesterday morning and located the hunter within 45 minutes.
Scene Commander Bill Shutt tells WBTA News what happened

9-1-1 dispatchers stayed on the phone with the hunter until he was located.

Two Die in Elba Crash

Photo Courtesy: The Batavian

Two people are killed in the collision of a car and tractor-trailer in the town of Elba.
The crash happened just after one o’clock yesterday afternoon at the intersection of Route 98 and Lockport Road.
State Police tell us 45 year old Franca Monachino of Hilton was westbound on Lockport Road and failed to yield at the intersection.
Monachino’s Honda Civic then struck the tractor-trailer which loaded with potatoes.
Both vehicles ran off the road and hit a utility pole causing it to fall.
First responders had to wait for National Grid to turn off power before they could tend to the victims.
Both Monachino and the truck driver, 29 year old Jerry Tuttle of Kingley, Pennsylvania were pronounced dead at the scene.
Both drivers were alone in their vehicles.

Public Input Wanted for Downtown Batavia Initiative

Batavia City Manager  News Release

The first community meeting to gather public input on Batavia’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) will be held at City Hall, One Batavia City Centre, Batavia, NY at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 14.

Those in attendance will be provided with information on the Downtown Revitalization Initiative followed by a hands-on, interactive public workshop. The purpose of the workshop is to identify potential transformative redevelopment strategies that will provide long term community and economic benefits for Downtown Batavia. This is an opportunity for residents and businesses in the community to provide feedback and help plan the future of Downtown Batavia. The DRI Local Planning Committee would like to know what you love about Downtown Batavia, what draws you downtown today, and what amenities would bring you downtown more often.

This effort builds upon existing plans and projects, including the City’s Comprehensive Master Plan and the Batavia Opportunity Area Plan. The workshop is the first in a series of three Downtown Revitalization Initiative public participation meetings that will be held over the next four months. Future public meeting will focus on a review of the goals and strategies developed by the Downtown Revitalization Initiative Local Planning Committee as well as a review of potential projects.

Winter Weather Advisory Now in Effect

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM EST
THURSDAY…

* WHAT…Lake effect snow with slippery road conditions. Total
snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches are expected in the most
persistent lake snows.

* WHERE…Northern Erie and Genesee counties.

* WHEN…Until 1 AM Thursday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Be prepared for reduced visibilities at
times.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Lake effect snow will fall in relatively narrow bands. If
traveling, be prepared for rapidly changing road conditions and
visibilities.

16 yr. old Charged with Felony Assault

Lionel Anderson jr.A 16 year old resident of Oak Street has been arrested on a felony charge of assault.
Lionel Anderson Junior is accused of injuring a 13 year old during a fight on Highland Park in Batavia last Tuesday night.
Police said the 13 year old was slammed face first to the ground and struck in the face with a metal belt buckle.
There was no information released about the victim.
Anderson has been locked up on $25,000 bail. He is due back in court

Photo: Batavia Police Dept

Winter Storm Watch Posted

From National Weather Service

A WINTER STORM WATCH remains in effect from late Tuesday night through late Thursday night

* WHAT…Heavy lake effect snow possible. Travel will be very
difficult at times, including the morning and evening commute
on Wednesday. Total snow accumulations of 12 to 24 inches are
possible in the most persistent lake snows.

* WHERE…Northern Erie and Genesee counties.

* WHEN…From late Tuesday night through late Thursday night.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Heavy lake effect snow may result in very
difficult travel at times, including very low visibility and
deep snow cover on roads.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Narrow bands of heavy snow could impact portions of the region.
Localized travel problems will be possible.

Batavia Woman Held on Felony Drug Charges

A Batavia woman is being held without bail on felony drug charges.
34 year old Karrie Morrow-Paine of South Main Street is charged with:

  • Criminal Sale Of A Controlled Substance 3’•, a class B-Felouy of the New York State Penal Law. (2 counts)
  • Criminal Possession Of A Controlled Substance 3’•, a class B-Felony of the New York State Penal Law. (2 counts)

Morrow-Paine allegedly sold a quantity of crack cocaine to an agent of the Genesee County Local Drug Task Force on two occasions in August of this year. Morrow-Paine was arrested on a sealed Grand Jury Indictment Warrant during an investigation into an unrelated complaint by Batavia Police Officers on Saturday evening. Morrow-Paine was remanded to the Genesee County Jail without bail and will be arraigned Monday.

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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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