Thursday News Brief
Written by WBTA STAFF on November 2, 2023
The investigation continues today into the death of a pedestrian on West Main Street Road in Batavia. According to deputies, 60-year-old Robert Schryver of Batavia died after he was struck by an SUV operated by 27-year-old Brittany Hill of Akron. The accident was called in to 9-1-1 just before 7pm last night. Schryver was apparently trying to cross the road when he entered the westbound lane and was hit by Hill. He was transported to UMMC where he succumbed to his injuries.
The City of Batavia Police Blotter:
On 10/24/2023, Terrance L Falk (age 25) of Batavia, was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd and Menacing 2nd. It’s alleged that Falk threatened two people, with a knife, during an altercation on Washington Ave. He was arraigned in CAP Court and is due in Batavia City Court, at a later date.
On 10/19/2023, Victor M V Diaz (age 22) of Canisteo, was charged with Gang Assault 2nd. Diaz allegedly caused serious physical injury, to another person, during an altercation on Law St, on 5/30/2022. Diaz was arraigned in Batavia City Court and released under the supervision of Genesee Justice. He is due back in court, on 11/9/2023.
On 10/16/2023, Shante C Johnson (age 26) of Batavia, was arrested for Burglary 2nd and Criminal Mischief 4th. The arrest is the result of an investigation into an incident on 9/26/2023, where Johnson allegedly entered a residence, on Thorp St, and damaged property inside. Johnson was arraigned in CAP Court and is due in Batavia City Court, on 10/24/2023.
On 10/19/2023, Joseph M Tornabene (age 32) of Batavia, was arrested for Criminal Contempt 1st. It’s alleged that Tornabene had unwanted physical contact with the protected party, in an order of protection. Tornabene was arraigned in Batavia City Court and is due back in court, at a later date.
On 10/15/2023, Corey A Brown (age 37) of Batavia, was arrested on two arrest warrants. Each warrant charges Brown with Sex Offender Failure to Notify Change of Address and Level 3 Sex Offender Failure to Verify Address. He was arraigned in CAP Court and is due in Batavia City Court, at a later date.
On 10/22/2023, Michael A Sweet (age 37) of Batavia, was arrested for Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th, Identity Theft 3rd and Petit Larceny. It’s alleged that Sweet used a stolen debit card to purchase items, from a local store. He was issued an appearance ticket and is due in court, on 11/7/2023.
On 10/21/2023, Amanda E Hess (age 39) of Alexander, was arrested for DWI and Aggravated DWI. Hess was arrested after an investigation into a citizen complaint of a possible intoxicated driver. Hess was issued traffic tickets and is scheduled to appear in court, on 11/8/2023.
On 10/24/2023, Gage A Dieterle (age 22) of Batavia, was charged with Criminal Mischief 4th. It’s alleged that Dieterle damaged property, belonging to another person, during an altercation on Lincoln Ave. He was arraigned in Batavia City Court and is scheduled to return, at a later date.
On 10/23/2023, James E Murray (age 34), was arrested for Criminal Contempt 2nd. It’s alleged that Murray had contact with the protected party, in an order of protection. He was arraigned in Batavia City Court and remanded to the Genesee County Jail. He is due back in court, on 11/8/2023.
On 10/23/2023, Hailee N Callicutt (age 23) of Batavia, was arrested on a bench warrant, from Batavia City Court. Callicutt was initially arrested on 1/1/2022, and charged with Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd, Resisting Arrest and several vehicle and traffic violations. She was issued appearance tickets and release. Callicutt allegedly failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued on 9/20/2022. Callicutt was arrested on that warrant on 8/29/2023 and arraigned in CAP Court. She was released and was scheduled to appear in court at a later date. She allegedly failed to appear again and another warrant was issued, on 10/16/2023. Callicutt was located on a traffic stop, in Batavia, on 10/23 and arrested. She was arraigned on 10/17 and was scheduled to appear in court again, later that day.
On 10/19/2023, Benjamin G Evans (age 35) of Batavia, was arrested and charged with Petit Larceny. It’s alleged that Evans stole a package off the front porch of a residence, on Union St. He was issued an appearance ticket and is due in court, on 10/24/2023.
On 10/21/2023, Peter L Jackson (age 57) of Batavia, was arrested for Criminal Contempt 2nd. Jackson allegedly violated an order of protection by coming to the residence of the protected party. He was issued an appearance ticket and is due in court, on 11/7/2023.
On 10/21/2023, Ted E Kingsley (age 51) of Batavia, was arrested for Petit Larceny. Kingsley allegedly stole merchandise from Family Dollar on East Main St. He was issued an appearance ticket and is due in court, on 11/7/2023.
In other news…
The search for a missing University of Rochester professor has come to a tragic end. Police say the body that was removed from the Genesee River earlier this week were the remains of 44-year-old Heikki Rantakari. He was last seen alive back on October 20th when he checked into an Airbnb on Exchange Street in Rochester. Video later showed Rantakari fell off a bridge and into the water. Officials say they haven’t uncovered any signs of foul play.
A Cornell University student and Pittsford native is being held behind bars without bail after making an appearance in federal court. Yesterday, 21-year-old Patrick Dai was in front of a judge in Syracuse after being arrested for allegedly threatening to hurt Jewish students on the Cornell campus in Ithaca. Prosecutors say Dai visited one of the locations he threatened to attack. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted and is due back in court November 15th.
As reported by Tom Tharp this morning: 19-year-old Alexander Bryant of Niagara Falls has been indicted in two separate sexual assaults. According to the district attorney’s office, Bryant is facing charges in connection to an alleged sexual assault that occurred on September 19 in Niagara Falls: Two counts of predatory sexual assault, First-degree rape, First-degree criminal sexual act. Bryant is also charged with the following in connection to an alleged sexual assault that occurred on October 6 in Niagara Falls: Predatory Sexual Assault, First-degree criminal sexual act, Second-degree criminal sexual act. The Niagara Falls Police Department issued a warning to the public about the sexual assaults on October 8.
The Buffalo Sabres have earned a second straight victory after picking up a win on the road. Brandon Biro scored twice and Tage Thompson, Casey Mittelstadt and Owen Power had a goal each as the Sabres beat the Philadelphia Flyers five-to-two at the Wells Fargo Center last night. Buffalo goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 38 of the 40 shots he faced in the contest. The Sabres and Flyers will meet again tomorrow night in Buffalo.
Applications are now being accepted for the New York State Tuition Assistance Program ahead of the 2024-2025 academic year. Financial help is available to both part-time and full-time students who attend an approved school in the Empire State. The maximum TAP award is more than $5,000 dollars, and the goal of this program is to provide support to people who may not be able to afford a college education. For more information, head to hesc.ny.gov.
The Batavia Indoor Market is set to return to the Batavia City Centre this Saturday with local vendors, farmers and handmade crafts. The market is open from 10:00am until 1:30pm starting this Saturday. (Nov. 18, Dec. 16, Jan. 6 and 20, Feb. 3 and 17, and March 2, 16 and 30. The regular City Centre shops will be open and be joined by Porter Farms, Garner Farms, Ladybug Creations, Meadow Moon Designs, and For the Love of Madeline Candles.) There is also an online market with 176 items for sale and orders open from 8:00am on Mondays to 8:00pm on Thursdays. Current online vendors listed are Flint’s Maple, Botanical Ben, Garner Farms and Creekside Designs and Blanks. Detailed information, including specific Saturdays that the market will be open, is available here: https://onlinefarmmarkets.com/Batavia-Indoor-Market
Cher is joining the 97th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The pop icon will be closing out the parade around the time Santa appears on his sleigh. Cher just dropped her first album in five years called, “Christmas.” The parade will include 5,000 volunteers, 16 character balloons, 26 floats, more than 700 clowns, 12 marching bands and 9 performance groups. For the first time, the parade will start a half hour earlier at 8:30am Eastern Time.
The new Rolling Stones album has set a chart record in the U.S. “Hackney Diamonds” debuted at number three this week on the Billboard 200 albums chart. That makes the Rolling Stones the first act to reach the top ten with a new album in the U.S. every decade since the 1960s.
The Federal Reserve is leaving interest rates unchanged for now. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told reporters yesterday that the central bank would continue to track inflation and the health of the economy. He added that there’s still a long way to go to get inflation down to two-percent. It’s the second time in a row the Fed held interest rates steady following eleven rate hikes, including four this year.
Today is Thursday, November 2nd, the 306th day of the year.
November 2 in history…
…In 1948, President Harry S. Truman was reelected in a narrow upset over Republican challenger Thomas Dewey. “The Chicago Tribune” caught heat when it printed the now infamous premature headline “Dewey Wins.”
…In 1959, game show contestant Charles Van Doren admitted that he had been given questions and answers in advance of his appearances on the popular NBC television game show “Twenty One.”
…In 1967, The Beatles completed recording their next single “Hello Goodbye” at Abbey Road studios in London with a second Paul McCartney bass line. The McCartney song had been selected for the A-side of the Fab Four’s next single, the flip side to be Lennon’s “I Am The Walrus.”
…In 1976, Jimmy Carter became the first candidate from the Deep South to be elected president.
…In 1978 The Police released their debut album, “Outlandos d’Amour.” The working title, “Police Brutality,” was changed to make is sound more romantic.
…In 2015, the famous beagle Snoopy got a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame days before “The Peanuts Movie” was released. Snoopy’s star was placed next to the late cartoonist Charles Schulz.