posted on October 13, 2011 07:42
The air has been cleared in the Town of Batavia.
A nasty ammonia gas-like odor swept across West Main near Hopkins Road yesterday morning.
A few people reported their eyes began to water and feel irritated.
The source of the odor was a farm chemical known as Chloropicrin.
It had been applied in a nearby farm field.
The wind eventually dissipated the substance and an all-clear was issued before Noon.
Ground has been officially broken to the $15-million Aplina Foods Yogurt Factory in the Town of Batavia.
But not before one local political leader left the ceremony rather abruptly..
City Council President Marianne Clattenburg attended yesterday’s ground breaking but when it came time for the traditional gold shovel photo op, she was left out.
She later said she didn’t care about getting her picture in the paper, but rather she was angered at the obvious snub to the city of Batavia.
The city was instrumental establishing the necessary sewer service for the project.
On the police blotter:
23-year-old Matthew Williams of Hundred Mark Road, Elba: he is facing a felony Grand Larceny charge.
Depouties say Williams allegedly stole his father’s 22-caliber revolver.
Williams has been locked up in lieu of $10,000 bail.
33-year-old Kelly Stalker of Pembroke: he has been charged with a felony burglary count.
Sheriff’s deputies say Stalker broke into a locked storage room on Indian Falls Road and took prescription medicine and money belonging to someone else.
Stalker has been locked up in lieu of $5,000 bail.
25-year-old Steven Gorecki of Batavia: he’s been charged with petit larceny for allegedly boosting hunting gear from K-mart.
Gorecki was given a court appearance ticket.
William Heany of E. Main Street, Batavia.
He’s been charged with one count of Forcible Touching, involving a female acquaintance.
He was arrested and later released on his own recognizance.
Heany is 75.