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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 …

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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 …

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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.…

Crime

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, …

Crime

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 …

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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…

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A Batavia man accused of being intoxicated while operating an electric scooter in a department store was arrested on drug charges Friday, according to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office. Adam B. Thomas, 29, was arrested on charges of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and public appearance under influence of a narcotic drug. Deputies respon…

Education

Voters in the Alexander School District in Genesee County Monday voted against a proposal to fund $12.6 million in construction and reconstruction projects at its school buildings and other facilities, according to vote totals released by the school district. The proposition failed by a vote of 183 to 117. The lone proposition on the ballot sought school district vot…

Crime

The fatal shooting Friday night of a 23-year-old man in Byron appears to have been an accident caused by the careless handling of a weapon, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday. John "Jack" Carney was shot with his own 9-mm Ruger at about 11:45 p.m. during a party in a barn behind his home at 6409 Byron Holley Road. Carney, who owned the registered handgun, …

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A Buffalo woman was arrested on several charges, including driving while intoxicated, following a one-car accident Sunday evening in the Town of Leroy, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office announced. Marissa Michaels-Connors was arrested after her vehicle struck a guard rail just after 5 p.m., deputies said. She is accused of driving while her license was suspended for a…

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Connor Lynskey and Manuel Zevallos became close friends over the past year at Siena College, despite wildly different points of origin. Connor was from Hinckley, a tiny Oneida County hamlet with a population of not quite 300. Zevallos is from Lima, capital of Peru. Introduced by a resident adviser in their dorm, Lynskey immediately showed a fascinated Zevallos how to pl…