Morning News Briefing
Written by WBTA STAFF on May 14, 2018
Bergen basement fire contained by quick thinking retired Batavia Firefighter.
A retired city of Batavia firefighter has been credited for saving a residence from complete destruction.
Report came in for an apparent house fire at a North Bergen Road address in Bergen shortly before 6 yesterday evening.
Former City Fire Captain Pat O’Donnel was the one on scene reporting to dispatchers he observed heavy black smoke with no flames visible.
Bergen Fire Chief Chuck Dodson said having O’Donnel on location was fortunate for responding fire crews and what he did next may have saved the house from total loss…
Fire crews from Bergen, Byron, South Byron, and Le Roy were activated staying on scene for approximately 2 hours.
No one was injured and the family along with their dog were away from home at the time.
The family cat did perish from apparent smoke inhalation and the family is being assisted by Red Cross.
Information provided by our news partner The Batavian.
An ATV accident sends an East Pembroke man to the hospital.
At around quarter after 8 last night emergency dispatchers received a call of an ATV accident with injury off of Hartshorn Road in East Pembroke.
First responders found the four wheeler and the operator around 200 yards off the west shoulder of Hartshorn Road.
The driver, 51 year old Robert Boyce of East Pembroke was taken via Mercy Flight to ECMC for unknown injuries.
According to investigators Boyce rolled the ATV after heading eastbound on a trail along the National Grid Power Lines and failing to negotiate a turn.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.
Co-conspirator in Batavia booze store burglaries is caught.
57 year old Edward Perdue of Rome has been arrested and charged with two counts of Burglary, two counts of Conspiracy and a single count of Grand Larceny.
He was busted for burglarizing Mr. Wine and Liquor on Lewiston Road in August of last year and then the Plaza Spirits on East Main Street in November.
Purdue was additionally charged with identity theft and petit Larceny for allegedly stealing and using someone’s credit card from the alleged burglary in August.
Purdue is currently serving time in Mohawk Correctional Facility and is scheduled to appear in Batavia City Court on May 22nd. 49 year old Willie Dozier of Rochester was arrested earlier this month as a co-conspirator in the two booze store burglaries and was jailed without bail.
Bills fans are mourning the death of a former head coach.
Yesterday the Bills tweeted out that Chuck Knox had died at the age of 86 after a long battle with dementia.
He coached Buffalo from 1978 to 1982 and was later honored as a coach of the year for being the first NFL coach to lead three teams to the playoffs.
Knox also went by his nickname, ground chuck, for his emphasis on the run game.