>Three-county task force nabs drug-sales suspect
BERGEN -- A Bergen man was arrested at his Reed Road home late Thursday on felony drug counts of possession of cocaine, marijuana and other suspected controlled substances with street value of more than $3,500.
Melven L. Keels Jr., 24, was jailed on $25,000 bail by Town Justice William Kolmetz following his apprehension by members of the Genesee County local Drug Enforcement Task Force consisting of officers from Genesee, Orleans and Monroe counties.
Deputies said their investigation showed Keels was involved in the possession, sale and transportation of cocaine and marijuana in the three counties.
>Police take 3 children after mother passes out
JAMESTOWN -- City police said they took three young children from their mother Thursday night after they found the woman passed out in the front door of the family's home.
Officers said they were called to 27 Kingsbury St. at 10:30 p.m. to answer a report of a mother yelling at her children. When they arrived, officers found Patricia Near, 28, in the doorway, passed out and apparently intoxicated, according to reports.
Inside the house were three children, ages 3, 4 and 8, without adult supervision.
Near was taken to the City Jail on three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, police said, and the children were turned over to grandparents.
>Eight people flee fire in Batavia apartments
BATAVIA -- Eight people were ousted Thursday evening from five apartments by a fire sparked by unattended grease on a stove.
City firefighters, who received the initial alarm at 6:28 p.m., spent 3 hours and 15 minutes fighting the blaze at 107-109 Summit St. The multiple-alarm fire brought 25 city firefighters and four medics to the scene.
A person tending to the grease on the stove in the lower apartment in the 107 Summit side of the building went next door, leaving a sleeping person who was awakened by the smoke, Batavia Fire Chief Larry L. Smith said.
The fire, which spread to the upstairs apartment on the 107 side, left an estimated $125,000 damage, Smith said.
The Red Cross was called to assist the eight residents of the building.
>Dump truck driver hurt after rear-ended by semi
PAVILION -- A tractor-trailer driven by a Maryland man rear-ended a dump truck Friday morning on Route 63, sending it crashing into a nearby building, state police reported.
David A. Irwin, 59, of Perry was driving the dump truck north on the road just before 9 a.m. when he slowed for traffic progressing over railroad tracks. The tractor-trailer, driven by Ronald W. Baker Sr., 48, of Ridgely, Md., struck Irwin's truck from behind.
The impact forced Irwin's truck through the railroad crossing sign and into a building at 6895 Route 63. Irwin's vehicle came to rest about 10 feet into the building. He was taken to United Memorial Hospital in Batavia and then airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was listed in stable condition and was being held for observation, state police reported.
Baker, who was not injured, was ticketed for following too closely.