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Written by on February 14, 2018

Batavia Players moving their act into the mall downtown.
The Batavia Players are moving from their headquarters in the Harvester 56 theatre on Harvester Ave to the City Centre in downtown Batavia.
Batavia City Council has approved a lease with the Community Theatre allowing them to re-locate in the City Centre Mall by an overwhelming vote of 7 – 1.
Councilman at-large Bob Bialkowski was the only member opposed to the lease.
He did not feel it is the right business for the city to be in and said there were too many inaccuracies in the lease.
Councilwoman Patti Pacino was optimistic that the Batavia Players Theatre would be an attraction to bring people downtown…

According to the lease for the first six months Batavia players would only pay rent of $1 per sq. ft., then $2 per sq. ft. for the next six months and $4 per sq. ft. after that.
The location was most recently occupied by the Dent Neurological Clinic.


Two Batavia residents busted for DWI, with one accused of driving drunk to the State Police Barracks.

Jay Markle

Darlene Martaus

State Police stopped 60 year old Jay Markle of Batavia for speeding on State Route 33 in Bergen on Monday.
After failing field sobriety tests he was arrested for DWI.
After being released with appearance tickets, Markle contacted 58 year old Darlene Martaus, also of Batavia, to come pick him up at the barracks.
Troopers could detect the odor of alcohol on her breath when she arrived at the barracks.
After performing field sobriety tests Martaus was arrested for felony DWI, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, Operating a Vehicle Without an Interlock Device, and other Vehicle and Traffic infractions.
She was committed to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of bail.



Fraudulent vehicle purchase in Batavia leads to the arrest of Holley woman.
59 year old Linda Feeley of Hulberton Road in Holley was accused of conspiring with her boyfriend and a car salesman to facilitate a sale by forging her mother’s name on documentation to purchase a vehicle.
Following investigation into the alleged incident last March Feeley was arrested and charged with a litany of felony charges including counts of Grand Larceny, Identity theft, Forgery and Conspiracy.
She was issued an order of protection and was released with appearance tickets for March 13th in Batavia Town Court.


A Promise from P.W. Minors new owner to keep jobs in Batavia.
Hundley Elliotte, the new CEO of P.W. Minor is not looking at layoffs at P.W. Minor but implementing a process of production that eliminates waste and increases productivity.
Elliotte plans on growing Batavia’s oldest company by making the production process as efficient as possible.
Elliotte is a partner with Tidewater and Associates, the investment company that acquired P.W. Minor from Pete Zeliff earlier this month.

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