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Child Safety Seat Check Today at Tops in Batavia

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say car crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13, but many are preventable. That’s because the data indicates one out of four parents does not properly use child restraints.

This week is National Child Passenger Safety Week. The City of Batavia Fire Department and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting child safety seat checks today at Tops in Batavia from 9 a.m. to noon.

Certified technicians will be available to make sure restraints are properly installed and answer any questions.

If you can make it tomorrow, there is another child safety seat check scheduled for next Saturday the 28th at Batavia’s Original Pizzeria.

WBTA Police Beat

In the police beat…

Two Batavia high school students are charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly threatening staff and other students.

The 16-year-old girl is due in court Tuesday. The 17-year-old girl was arraigned and jailed on $200 bail.


A Wyoming County woman is accused of punching her boyfriend on the side of the head with her 2-year-old baby close by.

Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance last Saturday in the Town of Java where 24-year-old Alisha Meyer of Java was arrested on charges of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and second-degree Harassment.

Deputies say that when Meyer allegedly struck her boyfriend, the 2-year-old child was holding onto the father.

She is scheduled in court at a later date in October.


A woman who previously testified in a burglary trial and who joined her spouse in the first same-sex marriage in Genesee County back in 2011 was accused today of selling crack cocaine to an undercover agent.

32-year old Toni White, of Batavia, was arrested on a sealed indictment alleging that she sold a quantity of crack cocaine to an agent of the Local Drug Enforcement Task Force.

She is charged with three counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance, and criminal possession of a controlled substance, both Class B felonies.

In 2010, White testified in the burglary trial of Reginald Wilson, discussing the day he drove her around in what turned out to be a stolen car.

White was released under supervision of Genesee Justice, with a curfew requiring her to be at her residence from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. every day.

Batavia Woman Honors Late Husband at Genesee County Alzheimer's Walk

Ada Glowacki is surrounded by the creative and highly-skilled woodworking pieces in her Batavia home, crafted by her late husband, Russell. From large pieces of functional furniture to ornate picture frames to pieces of art and trinkets, she glowed when describing Russell’s ability to turn an unassuming piece of wood into something that fit perfectly into their lives.

Effervescent and talented, Russell died in March from Alzheimer’s at age 78, leaving behind his wife, three children and seven grandchildren, which is why she’s walking in memory of her husband in Genesee County’s Alzheimer’s Walk next Saturday. Ada says the disease stole Russell’s uniqueness that was apparent in his masterful work.

“When Russ first got this disease, I used to call it insidious,” she said. “But at the end I said it’s evil and sinister because it robs the human person of everything. They have no dignity left at all at the end.”

Ada was Russell’s primary caregiver for about five years until four months before his death when he was placed in a memory care facility.

“Every so often there was a moment where he would be just a small resemblance of his old self,” she said. “But those incidents were few and far between. It’s just a very dreadful thing for a family to watch someone you love go down the sad road of Alzheimer’s.”

The unnervingly uncomfortable “downward spiral” caused by Alzheimer’s disease is all too familiar to many families. The Alzheimer’s Association says it’s the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and estimates 2,000 Genesee County residents alone have been diagnosed with the disease.

“We saw the downward spiraling of this disease. We saw how it changed him on a daily basis,” she said. “He was a very bright, intelligent man, lots of humor, quick-witted, he was a master woodworker. He just did everything. And we saw what happened to him when he declined with this disease both mentally and physically and it was very devastating for our family.”

Ada is a widow because of Alzheimer’s, but she’s using her grief to make sure this disease does not crush another family like her own. She is a supporter of the Western New York Alzheimer’s Association and encouraging all Genesee County residents to sign up and raise money for the Alzheimer’s walk next Saturday, Sept. 28. Ada’s daughter Patricia – a corporate sponsor -- and granddaughter Gretchen will be walking in Batavia; another granddaughter, Ellen, (who’s raised more than $700 to the cause) and her sister Anne will be walking in Chicago and the University of Illinois, respectively.

“The main goal is to put an end to it,” she said,” by research and medication and by making people aware of where we are with the disease and what they can do to help.”

The two-mile walk starts and ends at the GeneseeCounty nursing home in Batavia and is open to the public. Funds raised help the Alzheimer’s Association provide programs and resources to families dealing with the disease, as well as funding vital research.  

Visit to get involved.




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