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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


* 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


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

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.


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.

WBTA Sunday News

Fire raced through a barn on Black Street in Pavilion.
The first of four fire companies arrived on scene around 4:45 yesterday afternoon.
The barn was fully involved when volunteers got there. The barn was declared a total loss. There were no injuries.
The cause has not been officially determined but investigators are looking closely at a parked tractor as a possible cause.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is saying that the federal government should be ashamed of its response to help Puerto Rico after it was devastated by Hurricane Maria.
Cuomo spoke at Kennedy Airport before departing to Puerto Rico yesterday to check on the recovery there and offer assistance.
The Governor criticized Congress for staying up all night to pass their tax plan while not acting on the 94-billion-dollar Build Back Puerto Rico bill.

The normally clean shaven officers of the Batavia Police Department are extending their Mo-vember fundraiser into the month of December.
The officers pay a fee to allow their facial hair to grow.
The money raised went to Genesee Cancer Assistance.
The Mo-vember campaign has become Don’t Shave December.
Funds raised this month will support a county jail deputy who is battling a long term illness.

The first and only Super-moon of the year will be visible tonight in Batavia.
A Super-moon is the largest and brightest all year.
It occurs when a full moon is the closest to the earth.
If you miss tonight’s, there will be two next year: January 1st and January 31st.

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots visit Buffalo this afternoon.
The 6 and 5 Bills meet the 9 and 2 Patriots. The Pats are on a seven-game win streak. Kick-off at New Era Field is 1 p.m. today.

Search Suspended for Escapee from Attica Court

Lawmen have suspended the search for a prison who bolted from Attica Town Court this morning. 25 year old Dylan Perry fled from custody just as his arraignment was to begin.
Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory Rudolph tells WBTA at the scene what happened:

Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory Rudolph

As a precaution Attica and Alexander Schools were placed on lock-down.
The lockdown was lifted around 1:30 this afternoon.

Muckdogs Future in Doubt

The precarious future of the Batavia Muckdogs is now even more doubtful.
It was learned today that the New York Penn league has blocked the renewal of the management agreement between the Muckdogs and the Rochester Red Wings.
Naomi Silver is President of the Red Wings:

Naomi Silver, Pres Rochester Red Wings



The agreement between the Red Wings and the Genesee County Baseball Club, the owner of the Batavia Muckdogs,  includes a provision that if the team is sold, the Red Wings would receive five percent of the proceeds for each year the organization ran the team.  That agreement, Silver said, survives this decision by the league.

Both organizations announced a few years ago that the team was for sale.
Brian Paris is the President of the Genesee County Baseball Club. He told us today he is optimistic baseball will be played at Dwyer Stadium next season

Brian Paris, Pres Genesee Co Baseball Club





Officials with the NYP League have been unavailable for comment.

The Red Wings Break Ties with Muckdogs

Rochester Redwings Baseball has severed all ties with the Batavia Muckdogs after talks to renew their management contract with the local team broke down.

The management office at Dwyer Stadium has been vacated. Travis Sick, former General Manager of the Muschdogs, has been re-assigned to the Red Wings offices in Rochester.

The Red Wings had a 10 year management contract with the Muckdogs. The contract expired on October 31 of this year. Redwings President Naomi Silver said an effort to reach a one-year deal to continue the contract was rejected by the New York Penn League.

Fire Damages pembroke Apartment Building

Photo Courtesy: The Batavian

Volunteer firefighters credited with making a fast stop of flames that damaged an apartment building in Pembroke.
Fire broke out in the four unit building on Gabbey Road just after 9 p.m. last night.
Pembroke Chief Jamie Waff directed firefighting operations:


Firemen rescued three cats from the building. Four famailies were displaced and required temporary housing.
Authorities said an area around an electrical panel sustained the most fire damage, but a specific cause of the fire remains under investigation.

How to do an Engine House Make-over?

The Batavia City Council seems typically split, again.

This time the issue is over how to re-develop the Old Engine House on Main Street.
A Byron based developer, Thompson Builds, wants to turn the building into commercial and residential space.
The building was originally a fire station, later a restaurant and most recently owned and used by county government.
Council President Gene Jankowski says there is an opportunity for the county, city and a private developer to cooperate:

Some council members opposed the project, others had more questions. In the end they agreed on holding a public hearing into an application for a one-million dollar state development grant. That hearing set for December 5th

City Council Ponders Redfield Parkway Pillars

Batavia City Council discusses possible repairs to pillars at the Redfield Parkway Entrance and how to pay for them.
A few months ago  Council was made aware of the deteriorating condition of the pillars, which consist of two inner gateway-monument style pillars and two outer posts.
Some of the structure sits on public property and some on private.
Redfield Parkway resident Jim Owen, known as “the Mayor of Redfield Parkway,”  has offered to sell the part of his pillar property to aid in repairs.

“Because of my generosity, I would sell it to the City for a dollar so the pillars could be restored, and I would also give the dollar so they can pay me for that amount. That, as they would say, it’s now public notice.”

Owen along with several other residents stressed the importance of keeping the historical structure in good shape.
City Manager Jason Molino said he would have detailed information about possible repairs by the January Conference meeting.
He said a decision could be reached by spring and put out for bid.

Go Fund Me Account Established for Tori Nigro

A Go-fund-me account is building to help defray funeral expenses for Tori Nigro of Alexander.
The 19 year old was killed on Saturday when in a collision with a tractor trailer truck on Route 33.
The fund has a goal of 10-thoasuand dollars. Already, more than 85-hundred has been raised.
Here is the link to the Go Fund Me page

WBTA Sunday News

A string of alleged burglaries land a Batavia man in lock up.
19 year old Davon St. John of Oak Street was arrested for allegedly committing five residential burglaries at three separate addresses in the city.
According to Police the burglaries occurred between September and November 21st with one residence targeted three times.
St John is facing five felony counts of Burglary and was jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail

A UMMC staffer is accused of stealing controlled medications.
48 year old Janet Gatley of North Tonawanda was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Falsifying Business Records, violation of Public Health Laws and Petit Larceny.
Authorities said the thefts occurred while Gately was working at the hospital.
She was arraigned on the charges and released with an appearance ticket.

A Florida teen is being held as a person of interest in his grandmother’s murder after being arrested near the Canadian border.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol spokesman Aaron Bowker confirmed that 15-year-old Logan Mott is in custody in Buffalo on a grand theft auto charge.
Bowker said border agents arrested Mott Friday night at the Peace Bridge
Officers were alerted that Mott is a person of interest in a murder investigation involving his grandmother. He was driving a 2015 Dodge Dart reported stolen from Neptune Beach, Florida.

The Bills will be without Kelvin Benjamin for today’s matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs due to a knee injury.
Benjamin did not practice at all this week after getting hurt during last week’s loss to the Chargers.
Since being acquired from the Panthers on Halloween, Benjamin has four catches for 62 yards in two games.
Tyrod Taylor will return as starting quarterback for Buffalo after getting benched last week for rookie Nathan Peterman.

The Batavia City Council holds a Conference Meeting and a brief business meeting tomorrow night.
The meetings begin at 7 tomorrow night in City Hall.

Batavia Woman Dies in Rt 33 Crash

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a two vehicle, fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 11:30 am this date.
The crash occurred at the intersection of Wilkinson Road and State Route 33 in the Town of Batavia. Nineteen year old Tori Nigro was northbound on Wilkinson Road in a 2004 Dodge Neon when she failed to stop for a stop sign and continued into the intersection where she struck an eastbound tractor-trailer in the tractor’s passenger side drive wheels. The Nigro vehicle came to a stop in the eastbound lane while the tractor-trailer came to a controlled stop just east of the intersection.

Genesee County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Gordon Dibble described what happened:


Miss Nigro was pronounced at the scene by Coroner Karen Lang. The tractor-trailer driver was not injured. The crash is being investigated by the Sheriff’s Crash Reconstruction Team, Deputies, McCarthy, Andre, Hale and Investigator Parker. Assisting at the scene were members of the East Pembroke, Corfu and Town of Batavia Volunteer Fire Departments along with the Genesee County Fire Coordinator’s Office. No charges have been filed. The investigation is continuing.

Orleans County Lawmen Issue Results of DWI Crackdown

On November 22, 2017 from 9:00pm until 3:30am on November 23, 2017 the Albion Police Department hosted and supervised a multi-agency Orleans County Wide DWI Saturation Patrol.

This detail combined the Law Enforcement efforts from every Law Enforcement agency in the County along with New York State Parole, the Orleans County Probation Department and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The agencies involved consisted of the Albion Police, Medina Police, Holley Police, Orleans County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, Orleans County Probation, New York State Parole and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The detail results are as follows:

DWI Arrests: 7 5 in the Village of Albion (Albion PD), 1 in the Town of Albion (State Police). 1 in the T/Murray (State Police)
Traffic Stops: 132
Tickets Issued: 45

Agency Break Down:

  • Albion PD – 52 stops, 1 Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd, 5 DWI Arrests – 18 Total Tickets Issued
  • Medina PD – 17 stops, 1 Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd, 1 Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd, 1 Unlicensed Operator, 1 Unlawful Possession of Marijuana Arrest, 1 Suspended Registration – 9 Total Tickets Issued
  • Holley PD – 29 stops, 2 Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd – 5 Total Tickets Issued
  • NY State Police – 15 stops, 2 Driving While Intoxicated Arrest, 4 Total Tickets Issued
  • Orleans County Sheriffs Office – 19 stops – 9 Total Tickets Issued

The Albion Police Department and the other Law Enforcement agencies are committed to making the roadways safe for all those who travel upon them.

This is the fourth year a Saturation Patrol was conducted. Compared to previous years, this year’s detail had an increase in vehicle stops but the percentage of intoxicated drivers remained comparably the same. The data from this year’s detail indicates that approximately 5% of the motorists stopped were intoxicated, whereas in previous years we have seen data as high as 20% of the motorists stopped were intoxicated.

Batavia Morning News

Buffalo Bills fans can give thanks today because Quarterback Tyrod Taylor is starting on Sunday
Head coach Sean McDermott announced the decision after just one game starting rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman.
Taylor is putting the situation behind him and remains confident that with some tweaks, the Bills can make the playoffs.
The Bills play the Chiefs next, followed by the Patriots.

Police have identified 30 year old Kenneth Wilson Jr of Burke Hill Road Perry as the driver in the one car crash in Bethany and had him transported via ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital.
Deputies responded to the accident on Ellicott Street Road near Fargo Road at around 1:30 yesterday morning.
Wilson was arrested and charged with DWI, and numerous traffic violations.

Police in Canandaigua are working to determine if a body they found belongs to a missing woman. Monica Zello has been missing since Saturday. Yesterday afternoon police fished a car belonging to her from the Erie Canal in Waterloo and also found a body nearby. Police say they believe the body to be Zello’s but can’t say for sure yet.

Parents in Brockport are still reeling after a teacher was arrested for allegedly sharing child pornography.
Roland Yockel was put on administrative leave this week from Ginther elementary after his arrest.
Law enforcement officials say, so far, they do not believe Yockel touched any of the students inappropriately.
A meeting is scheduled for parents on Monday to help teach parents how to talk to their kids about Yockel’s arrest.

Batavia Morning News

David Sweat made national headlines as an escaped murderer from the Clinton Correctional Facility over two years ago.
Sweat has now been moved to Wyoming County and is behind bars in Attica Correctional.
Sweat along with Richard Matt used power tools to escape from the prison in June of 2015 with the help of a prison employee. A TV movie was made of the story.
Matt was killed while on the run and Sweat was shot and captured two days afterward while trying to evade a State Police Sergeant near the Canadian Border.
Sweat will continue his life sentence for murder.

PHOTO: David Sweat

A Brockport kindergarten teacher is facing child pornography charges.
30-year-old Roland Yockel of Hilton was arrested for allegedly receiving and distributing child pornography online.
The sexually explicit images included pre-pubescent children.

Gas prices in Western New York are at a three-year high for this time of year. The average gallon of gas in Batavia costs two-dollars and 63-cents, and that’s 30-cents more than this time last year.
The lowest price we found on the Indian reservation was 2-dollars 30-cents a gallon.

New York drivers are getting a break from construction-related lane closures.
Governor Cuomo has suspended repair work on roads and bridges for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Except for emergency repairs, no work will be allowed from today through 6 a.m. on Monday.

Governor Cuomo is announcing a new campaign to warn New Yorkers about the deadly opioid fentanyl. The opioid can be 100 times stronger than heroin and is being found in cocaine, heroin and phony prescription pills. Officials say people can die from fentanyl they didn’t even know they took.

Batavia Morning News

A Medina man has been arrested for allegedly abusing disabled individuals.
27 year old Arsenio Youngs of Medina is facing two Class D Felony counts for incidents police say occurred on November first.
Authorities said one of the suspected incidents occurred in the City of Batavia while the other allegedly happened in the Town of Perry.
Youngs was arraigned on the charges and released on his own recognizance.

The Genesee County Local Drug Task Force busts a Rochester man for allegedly selling crack to an undercover officer this summer in Batavia.
Cory Jackson, also known as “Stacks’ was charged with felony drug counts.
Stacks was arrested following a traffic stop on Pearl Street and jailed without bail.

An Albion corrections officer accused of having a personal relationship with inmate.
State Police report the arrest of 33 year old Daijon Talford of Buffalo for Official Misconduct.
Talford was charged following an investigation into an unlawful relationship with an inmate while he was employed as a Correction Officer at Albion Correctional Facility.

A Livingston County woman is accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from her employer.
Janelle Jones was arrested for allegedly stealing multiple bank deposits. Deputies believe she could have stolen more than 33-thousand-dollars from the unnamed business.
Jones was jailed on ten-thousand-dollars bond.

Time to decide how to spend $10-million.
The Downtown Revitalization Planning Committee have made forms available for the public to submit their ideas.
The forms can be found on the City’s website or at the City Manager’s Office in the City Centre.
The deadline for project forms is December 18th.
Their next public meeting of the planning committee is November 28th.

Batavia Morning News

After an embarrassing loss, Buffalo Bills Head Coach Sean McDermott says he doesn’t regret starting a rookie quarterback. Yesterday, the Bills lost to the Chargers 54 to 24 after Nathan Peterman threw an almost unbelievable five interceptions in the first half.
Peterman said it was a very tough day for him:

“It was very disappointing, obviously. I think anybody who went through this would be disappointed. It means alot to you. You put alot of time and energy into trying to go out there and win and help your team as much as you can.”

McDermott didn’t say if it’d be Peterman or Taylor starting next week in Kansas City.

A winter weather advisory is in place for parts of Western New York through the afternoon. Forecasters say areas south of Buffalo could see up to a half a foot of snow accumulating by the end of the day.
There are no specific advisories posted for Genesee County.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming a family member is in need of bail money, beware.
It is most likely a scam.
Batavia Police says they have received multiple complaints of pony bail bondsmen lately.
The caller says that a family member has been injured in an accident out of state. As a result of the accident, the family member was arrested and needs money for bail.
They usually want the money sent by Western Union.
Police say do not send money. Check with your family, and then contact police.

A shoplifting incident leads to a high speed police chase.
The chase began on Friday in Batavia and ended in Albion.
Police say three suspects boosted almost $2,000 worth of merchandise from Kohl’s on Veteran’s memorial Drive.
Police caught up with the trio, all from Rochester, on Route 98 heading north into Albion.
The chase ended when the suspect’s car crashed into a utility pole.

Thruway road conditions? There’s now an app for that.
It’s free for iPhone or Android devices and just in time for busy Thanksgiving Holiday travel.

WBTA Sunday News

Batavia police say they have received multiple complaints of a possible “Bondsman” scam.
Here’s how it works:
Someone claiming to be a bail-bondsman calls and says that a family member has been injured in an accident out of state. As a result of the accident, the family member was arrested and needs money for bail.
They usually want the money sent by Western Union.
Police say contact your family member to confirm they were involved.
Do not send money. Check with your family, and then contact police.

Three Rochester area residents remain in custody following a harrowing police chase that followed a shoplifting incident on Veterans memorial Drive.
The chase began on Friday and ended in Albion.
Police say the three boosted almost $2,000 worth of merchandise from Kohl’s.
Police caught up with the suspects on Route 98 heading north.
Along the way, police said the suspects began throwing the merchandise out the window.
The chase ended when the suspect’s car crashed into a utility pole.
Facing felony charges are:
25 year old Shabre Young, the driver;
40 year old Jeremy Siplin and 23 year old Davion Jackson all of Rochester.
They are due back in Town of Batavia court on December 7th.

Thruway road conditions? There’s now an app for that.
It’s free for iPhone or Android devices and just in time for busy Thanksgiving travel.

The Buffalo Bills are out on the west coast to take on the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Bills are 5 and 4 on the season, L-A is 3 and 6.
The Bills are starting back-up quarterback Nathan Peterman.
Game time is 4 p.m. this afternoon.

Morning News Update: Nov 16, 2017

Next year’s proposed budget for the Town of Batavia contains no property tax increase.
Town officials said last night that tax rate will remain at 2-dollars 64-cents per thousand.
The Town used about a half-million dollars in its budget reserve to cover increased expenses and hold the line on taxes.

Absentee ballots have decided another election.
In the Town of Murray, Republican Ed Miller was trailing on Election night by 16 votes in the race for Town Supervisor. But after absentee ballots were counted, Miller is now ahead of his challenger Joe Sidonio by 26 votes.

Harvey Weinstein is no longer an honorary graduate of the University at Buffalo.
The SUNY Board of trustees yesterday unanimously voted to revoke Weinstein’s honorary degree.
Trustees cited Weinstein’s recently publicized allegations of sexual assault and harassment.
UB released a statement yesterday supporting the decision.

Representative Chris Collins is expected to be one of the New York congressman voting for the GOP tax plan today.
Collins says that under the bill, up to 98-percent of taxpayers in his district – which includes Genesee County – will pay less federal taxes next year. Governor Cuomo has repeatedly said the tax plan would be bad for New Yorkers.

The Bills are giving rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman a shot.
Head coach Sean McDermott is benching Tyrod Taylor after a number of lackluster performances.
Peterman will start Sunday against the Chargers.

A Batavia native celebrates a century of life in the city.
Margaret Gallagher celebrated her 100th birthday this week at the Manor House in Batavia surrounded by friends, family and caretakers.
Gallagher worked for retired Genesee County Court Judge Robert Noonan for two decades.
Gallagher’s secret to longevity, “faith, family and friends.”

Fatal Accident Near Bergen

There was a fatal accident on Boveee Rd in the Monroe County Town of Riga.

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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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