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Theresa Tesch faced a busy Wednesday morning. Even before driving her 7-year-old daughter Isabella to a doctor’s appointment, mother and daughter needed to stop by a monthly mobile food pantry for those in need at the Batavia Salvation Army, where Foodlink of Rochester was sharing a truckload of greens, pork loins, crates of grapes and other goods. Outside her home, Tes…

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A Batavia man who continued to use foul language in court Tuesday afternoon was arrested, charged with two crimes and sent to jail, according to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office. John J. Saddler Jr., 32, was in City of Batavia Court in front of Judge Robert Balbick. Saddler was "warned not to use obscene language," deputies said. "He continued to use obscene language…

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If Michael Lynskey Jr. could be granted one request, here it is. Give him a football, a late summer afternoon in the backyard of his childhood home and another hour or two with his younger brother, Connor. Right now, as the sunlight changes and the air grows cooler, this is all he wants. Give him one more chance to do what he and Connor did as a casual routine, all thos…

Crime

A year and eight days after she lost a son, Donna Lynskey attempted Monday to accomplish what she knew, for any mother, seemed all but impossible. With her two surviving children, other family members, a parish priest and her husband, Michael Sr., at her side, Donna tried to explain to Genesee County Court Judge Charles Zambito what it meant to learn her 18-year-old son…

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A Buffalo man was charged Thursday with sexual abuse and forcible touching of two people younger than 14 at Six Flags Darien Lake, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office said. Terrill J. Cunningham, 23, of Treehaven Road, was charged with first- and second-degree sexual abuse and two counts of forcible touching, the Sheriff's Office said. The incident happened at 6:40 p…

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The Genesee County Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department is offering guided kayak tours of DeWitt Lake this Saturday for adults and children, with or without prior experience. Tour sessions will take place from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m., starting from the boat launch at DeWitt Recreation Area, 115 Cedar St., Batavia. Participants can either rent a kayak w…

Crime

An Irving woman was found guilty Tuesday in Genesee County Court of vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of a fatal incident, driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the death last summer of an 18-year-old Siena College student in Darien, after a Jason Aldean concert at Darien Lake. Jennifer Serrano, 48, faces a maximum o…

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A Churchville woman was killed in a head-on collision Monday evening at State Route 19 and Randall Road in the Town of LeRoy, according to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office. Bonnie B. Dean, 77, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Genesee County Coroner's Office. Dean's 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt collided with a 2013 GMC Terrain driven by Penne M. Vincent, 56, of Fai…

Crime

A man who "made an inquiry" of a deputy and then allegedly drove off erratically was arrested Sunday for felony driving while intoxicated, according to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office. John R. Benton, 61, of Darien was arrested on charges of felony DWI, felony DWI with previous conviction and failure to keep right. The deputy suspected Benton may have been intoxi…

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A Corfu man was charged with driving at more than twice the legal intoxication limit, leaving the scene of an accident and three other counts after he crashed into another vehicle Saturday afternoon in the Town of Batavia. Jerrol P. Newell, 49, was headed west in his pickup on Route 33, near Wortendyke Road, shortly before 2 p.m. when he crashed into a vehicle that was …

Crime

A man who was rescued from the second floor of a burning house Saturday morning in Batavia died later in United Memorial Medical Center, the City of Batavia Fire Department reported. He was identified as John Sherman Sr. Fire officials said they encountered heavy smoke and fire at 109 Evans St. when they arrived shortly after 7 a.m. and that flames were so intense that …

Crime

A Pembroke man died Thursday in a collision with a tractor-trailer, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office said. The collision happened at 3:06 p.m. near 352 Main Road, along Route 5 in Pembroke. The driver who died – identified by authorities as Wayne A. Striewing – was heading west and crossed over into the eastbound lane where his crossover SUV was struck by the rig.…

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A Medina woman was charged Thursday night with aggravated driving while intoxicated after police said she was driving drunk with two children in her car. Genesee County sheriff's deputies investigating the report of an erratic driver pulled over Sharnice S. Gibson on Alleghany Road in Alabama just before midnight, the Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Gibson, …

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A Batavia man who was seen riding his bike Sunday night while holding a flat-screen television under his arm was soon after arrested for petit larceny by State Police. Joseph M. Marranco, 47, was charged with petit larceny just before 11 p.m. Sunday by troopers who had been responding to a larceny complaint by a local motel, state police said. While troopers were en …

Crime

A Genesee County man has been indicted on charges he had sexual contact with a victim younger than 13, according to the county Sheriff's Office. Mark D. Tooley, 35, of Elba, was arraigned Friday in Genesee County Court on charges of first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree criminal sexual act and child endangerment, the Sheriff's Office said. The incident happened Chr…