posted on June 13, 2010 08:24
There were a few anxious moments in the village of Oakfield yesterday afternoon. More than a thousand persons were affected after an ammonia leak at the Allen’s Food process plant on Stevens Street in Oakfield. The alarm was sounded at 12:30PM with Oakfield firemen being the first responders. The first officer on location confirmed that there was an ammonia leak and requested additional help from Alabama, East Pembroke, and Elba Fire Departments along with Hazmat teams from Genesee and Monroe Counties. A reverse 911-call system was activated, and residents within a half-mile radius were notified to stay in their homes with the doors and windows closed. The leak was isolated at about 2:30PM and Oakfield residents were notified that normal daily activates could resume. There were no injuries, except one firefighter was taken to UMMC for treatment of heat exhaustion. There are reports that up to a thousand persons were evacuated from the area. Traffic in and out of the village of Oakfield was diverted and baseball games at the little league park had to be cancelled.
The ammonia was visible from the exhaust vents. Witnesses say it looked like steam. The cause of the leak is under investigation. It was about four years ago that this plant had another ammonia leak. Ammonia is used in the plant’s refrigeration system. It was a little more than a year ago in May of 2009 when there was an ammonia leak at Torrey Farms on Norton Road in Elba. There were no injuries from the ammonia in that incident either.
17-year-old Anzel De Jesus Tapia-Garza of West State Street in Albion was charged with petit larceny after he was caught concealing two bottles of cologne in his pants pocket at the K-Mart store and left the store without paying for the items. Upon further investigation, Tapia-Garza was found to have entered the U.S. illegally and was charged with Illegal Entry Into the Country. He was turned over to Officers from Immigration on the illegal entry charge.
16-year-old Shelby Mager of Washington Street in Albion was charged with petit larceny after she allegedly left K-Mart without paying for merchandise she had concealed in her purse.
An incident last December 31st at Famous Footwear on Veterans Memorial Drive has resulted in Attempted Petit Larceny charges against a Livingston County woman. 21-year-old Brittany Ellis of Mill Street in Nunda was arrested by Livingston County sheriff’s Deputies on a bench warrant from Town of Batavia Court. Ellis is in jail with bail set at 250 dollars.
Batavia Police have charged 20-year-old Katrina Drake of Wood Street in Batavia with Criminal Mischief. Drake allegedly intentionally broke a window at a home of an acquaintance on South Main Street on June 11th.
52-year-old Gregory Seppe who has no permanent address has been charged with Attempted Petit larceny and Criminal Trespass. Seppe allegedly entered a fenced rear yard of a home on Manhattan Avenue and was observed attempting to steal a section of white vinyl fence. He’s in jail with bail set at one thousand dollars.
A Batavia man has been charged with endangering the Welfare of a Child. 24-year-old Raymond Schramm of West Main Street Road was allegedly entrusted with the car of a four year old child. That child was found yesterday afternoon by a local resident walking alone on the shoulder of Route 5. The child was not injured and was safely returned to his home.
7 persons, none from Genesee County, were arrested last night at Darien Lake Amusement Park and charged with Disorderly Conduct. The charges stemmed from a physical altercation inside the park. 5 were from Rochester and one each from Waterloo and Clyde.