Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Playing Politics With Crime Stats?



The Greece Police Department's crime statistics for 2012 show crime fell 6% from 2011 while calls for service rose 6.3-percent.  DWI arrests rose 35% from 2011 and 47% from 2010.

“These numbers are simply the result of hard work and professionalism bolstered by cooperation from the community. Our officers handled over 92,000 calls for service and made nearly 3,000 arrests in 2012. Officers are tasked with making decisions consistent with law, policies, and procedures in a contentious environment, and many times those decisions are not consistent with involved party’s desires.” ~~ Police Chief Todd Baxter (WHEC-TV)
 
SCATS ~~ Does "cooperation from the community" include having residents tackle & hold suspects for the cops like they did recently at a Dewey Ave. gas station? Does "making decisions consistent with law, policies, and procedures" include buying drinks after hours for under-aged, same-sex partners found after cruising social media sites?
 
Aren't the numbers mentioned chosen specifically to make it appear that things have improved, when in reality they aren't as good as they were a couple of years ago? As I recall, the crime stats from the prior year (2011) showed a HUGE increase in crimes, most notably in the area of burglaries/break-ins. In fact, Facebook friends are telling me within the past week that AC units are still being kicked-in to gain entry to homes in the Rumson Rd. area and other neighborhoods off Dewey Ave. near Northgate. This week's "Police Reports"  supports the notion that burglaries/break-ins remain a HUGE problem in the Town of Greece.

So reducing crime by 6% after it rose more than that the prior year is just playing with the numbers to achieve the desired outcome, isn't it? How do you explain the big rise in calls for service, nearly one for every man, woman & child in Greece, if crime actually fell overall?
 
  

Friday Night In The City


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pignato Parole Hearing Next Week

The former Greece Police officer behind bars on bribery charges is set to go before a parole board next week.

Gary Pignato, 52, is currently serving two to six years behind bars. He was convicted of coercing a woman to have sex in order to avoid arrest. He has been in prison since September 2009.
 
  

Monday, January 28, 2013

It's National School Choice Week

 
Will 6th Graders Be Heading To
Olympia High School In the Fall?
  

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Greece Cop Injured In DWI Crash


(Video from D&C)


Greece Post reports: "A Greece Police officer suffered minor injuries early Sunday morning after the vehicle he was driving was struck by another car whose driver was later charged with felony Driving While Intoxicated.

Greece Police Sgt. Kevin M. Ewanow said Officer Michael Miller was responding to a call for customer trouble at T.C. Hooligan's at The Mall at Greece Ridge in his marked patrol car. He was heading south on Fetzner Road when he was hit by a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction.

According to Ewanow, that vehicle was traveling at an "excessive speed" and crossed into Miller's lane before sideswiping his vehicle. Both vehicles suffered extensive damage, Ewanow said.
Members of the Greece Police Department Accident Reconstruction and Technician's Unit responded to investigate. Miller was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released for minor injuries.

The driver of the other vehicle, Paul R. Mandell, 31, of Greece, was treated and released at the scene by Monroe Ambulance. He was subsequently arrested for felony Driving While Intoxicated as well as other vehicle and traffic charges and is being held pending arraignment."

D&C : "Miller's car came to a rest near Fetzner and Hiett Road, while the van stopped about 200 feet north of impact."

SCATS ~~ How often are police called to trouble at this bar? It's starting to sound like Fetzner Rd. is causing Greece cops a lot of trouble lately. Maybe they should have kept the second precinct there after all.
 
 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Beware Teachers/Parents/Students


Hand Sanitizers Won't Help

New Australian strain of Norovirus requires soap & water for hands, bleach solution for cleaning surfaces to keep under control.


Powerful Norovirus Spreads Across America: ABCNEWS.COM - ABC's Dr. Richard Besser discusses how to avoid the new strain of stomach bug.
  

"No Child Left Behind?"


NOT EVEN IF THEY ARE DEAD!

HUH????
No wonder our school taxes are so high!

 From Facebook friends :)

Equal Access Sports Teams


Coming Soon To A District Near You!
 
The U.S. Department of Education to require schools to include students with disabilities in sports programs or provide equal alternative options.
 
Another Unfunded Mandate!
 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Criminals, Crimes & Cops


Robbery Suspect Sentenced



The man who robbed and kidnapped a church secretary in Irondequoit was sentenced Tuesday afternoon.

Anthony Cannella (pictured above) will spend the next 15 years in state prison plus five years post-release supervision. Cannella previously admitted he robbed the woman at knife-point, then drove her around to several locations including a bank in Greece to get more money. (WHEC-TV)_________________________
 
Man Injured In Crash, Home Damaged
 
Greece police say a man was seriously injured in a crash Tuesday afternoon near Fetzner Road.

Investigators say they saw a man they were interested in speaking with and as they attempted to stop him, he sped up and bumped a patrol car with his vehicle. Police say he then blew through a stop sign at New Price Lane and Fetzner Road where he was hit by a flatbed tractor-trailer. The flatbed truck ended driving through a home nearby.

The driver of the car was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the flatbed refused treatment. (WHEC-TV)
 
__________________________
 
Citizens Detain Robbery Suspect For Arrest
 

A 42-year-old Greece man is facing charges after an incident at the A-Plus store on Dewey Avenue.

Police say they were called to A-Plus just before 11 a.m. Monday for the report of a robbery. When officers arrived, citizens had already detained the suspect, Thomas Petix. He was taken into police custody without incident.

Petix is charged with attempted robbery and attempted grand larceny after police say he struggled with store staff as they tried to stop him from stealing money from the cash drawer.

Police Chief Todd Baxter states “This arrest is an example of the success we can have when citizens partner with the Greece Police Department to rid our streets of criminals. There is a clear message to the lawbreaker here; this community will not tolerate crime.” (WHEC-TV)
 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Greece PD Wants SRO's Back In Schools

 
GCSD Stopped Paying For SRO's In October!

"There is not an official school resource officer program this year.” ~~ Lt. Jason Helfer, Greece Police

“What we're trying to do is a different model where we have a full time school resource officer so it would be the same person available to us everyday.” ~~ Ed Knaak, GCSD security

According to WHEC-TV, Greece cops are told to patrol school parking lots and hallways on their down time, while GCSD continues to negotiate with the Town of Greece over how to pay for the program.
SCATS ~~ I don't know which worries me more: Having cops inside the schools ... or knowing the cops are wanting to get back inside the schools. Here's yet another story without Chief Baxter on camera. What is he hiding from??
 
  

Sunday, January 20, 2013

" ... At Their Maiden Lane School ... "


I thought it was renamed Odyssey Academy?

From Greece Post, 1/17/13: "Shamiera Christian, 17, of Grecian Gardens Dr. and Asya Majok, 17, of Milford Street, were charged with disorderly conduct after fighting at their Maiden Lane school on Jan. 9.

SCATS ~~ Is the school district now in favor of printing the names of the miscreant/trouble-makers? Or was this a slip-up?
 
 

"Bank Robber" Arrested



Maggi.jpg

On Saturday afternoon, January 19, Greece Police arrested Nicholas K. Maggi, 28, of Greece for second-degree robbery, second-degree assault and fourth-degree grand larceny.

 GPD says Maggi approached an elderly male exiting the Key Bank located at 3636 Dewey Ave. bank at 10 a.m. Friday and forcibly stole his money. The victim suffered hand injuries during the struggle.

Police located and arrested Maggi on Ridge Road West today.

Maggi is awaiting arraignment in Greece Town Court.
  
SCATS ~~ It's nice to know one of Odyssey Academy's alumni found work in the "real world."
  

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Special BOE Meeting Tuesday, 6:30PM


It is anticipated that the BOE will go into an Exec. Session @5:30PM to discuss student discipline & the employment history of particular person(s).

AGENDA ITEMS

Strategic Plan
Budget Update
Budget Parameters - Board Discussion
 
  

Are Schools Safer With Cops Inside?



 

Mayhem In Athena Parking Lot


The pictures ARE worth 1000 words


As previously reported on SCATS:

Anonymous said...
Today a student driving in excess of 50 miles per hour in the Athena parking lot plowed into more than 7 vehicles. The student had no driver license or parking permit but, He was back in school an hour after the accident? Several thousand in damages to cars and all is kept quiet.
1/15/2013 6:26 PM

 
 

Click on Photo to Enlarge
 
 
 
 
 
 MANY THANKS TO THOSE WHO PROVIDED PICS :)
 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Need A Letter of Recommendation?


ASK JOE ROBACH TO WRITE IT

He Doesn't Need To Know Anything About You!


 

Beware GCSD Parking Lots!


Anonymous said...

Today a student driving in excess of 50 miles per hour in the Athena parking lot plowed into more than 7 vehicles. The student had no driver license or parking permit but, He was back in school an hour after the accident? Several thousand in damages to cars and all is kept quiet.
1/15/2013 6:26 PM
 
SCATS ~~ Various sources tell me that many police & security were on the scene ... the car was TOTALLED.
   

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ritter Honored By Greece Town Board



  • Proclamation Made By Greece Town Board, Auberger: "The chaos and tragedy that ensued is something our community will never forget. If it were not for Officer Ritter's imminent action, many more deaths and injuries could have occurred."

  • Chief Todd Baxter Writes Letter Commending Ritter's Actions:  "Thank you hardly seems enough to express the sentiments" of the Webster Police Department, West Webster Fire Department, and the entire community for his "heroic actions."

    • Given Distinguished Service Award for 3rd Time

    • PETITION For Medal of Freedom Lacks Needed Signatures ~~ To award the Medal of Freedom to Officer Jon Ritter of the Greece Police Department for saving multiple lives in Webster.
    SCATS ~~ Why isn't the WWFD "brotherhood" or even the Greece FDs "brotherhood" helping this man out??
      

    Recent Crimes Of Note


    Menacing: A pair of victims reported that they were approached while sitting inside a vehicle at Sunoco, 3570 Latta Road, by two unknown suspects who banged on the car and demanded the victims get out on Jan. 8. The suspects brandished a knife and broke the windshield.

    Stethoscope stolen: A stethoscope was stolen from the nurse’s office at Olympia School, 1139 Maiden Lane on Jan. 8.

    Gun stolen: A 9mm Ruger handgun was stolen from a car parked on Laurelton Drive on Jan. 9.

    SOURCE: D&C
      

    Monday, January 14, 2013

    Will YOUR Daughter Meet With A Stranger?



    From WHEC-TV: "One in three teenage girls admits they have set up in-person meetings with people they met online. That’s according to a new survey.

    Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital interviewed more than 200 girls between the ages of 14 and 17. Half of the girls said they had been physically or sexually abused in the past year and almost one third of the girls said they set up off-line meetings with people they met on the internet before they knew who that person really was.

    Experts recommend parents check their children's online activity and have serious discussions about the dangers of online chatting."
      

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

    GCSD Teacher Absenteeism Report


    TEACHER ABSENCES HURT STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

    D&C Reports on Greece Central School District Teacher Absences, 2009-2012

    Facts for 2009 through October 2012:
    • About 8% of Greece teachers are absent on any given day
    • Greece teachers miss 16 school days per 180 day school year (on average)
    • The most common days for Greece teachers to be absent for all reasons were Thursdays and Fridays. The most common days for them to be out sick were Tuesdays and Fridays.*
    • About 10 Greece teachers per year were absent for more than half of the 180-day school year.
    • Substitute teacher costs average $1.8 million/yr.
    • Medical documentation is required from anyone who takes more than 5 days off in a row, or uses more than 3 sick days during any two-month period.
    “You know, it’s harder to be out sick than be in school when you’re sick. You have to leave plans and hope the sub they bring in is someone who can pull it off: you’re putting in three to four hours of planning just to be out. So many times, you say ‘why put that time into planning?’ and just drag yourself in to do it.” ~~ Don Pallozzi, GTA president

    Greece Teacher Absences, 2009 to Oct. 2012 ~  by day of the week and excuse code.

    SCATS ~~ Well, well, well!! The GTA Prez. has admitted exactly what many have suspected for a very long time: many teachers have NO prepared lesson plan at the ready!

    *  Interesting to note since most pre-planned school closings are on Mondays & Fridays. So if school is closed on Friday, taking Thursday off provides a nice, long weekend.
      

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

    Is A Charter School Coming To Greece?




    I'm hearing word from several different quarters over the last few months that the sale of the Hoover Drive school property just might result in some healthy competition for the Greece Central School District. Plans for a charter school may be in the works. We can only hope!
     

    Wednesday, January 09, 2013

    BEWARE Gas Customers


    This was posted to my Facebook page:

    PLEASE BE ALERT anyone in the GREECE/HILTON area... two young males were getting gas at the Sunoco @ Latta Rd & North Greece this evening around 6 PM and had two black men approach their car with knives. Luckily neither of the two males had gotten out of the car yet and also it was still in gear, they were able to pull away....but not before one of the men pounded the knife on the windshield breaking it. The Police said its not the first time it has happened in this area either, it also happened at Pontillo's down the street. You should also know this gas station owner did not want to be involved and did not want to provide any surveillance tapes to help the police out.
      

    Town of Greece To Recognize Ritter

    Officer Jon Ritter, GPD
    Greece Police Officer Jon Ritter will be recognized by town officials during the Greece Town Board meeting on January 15 at 6PM.

    While Ritter was making his way to work on Christmas Eve, he came across the scene of the fire and shooting on Lake Road in Webster. He says he was driving down the road just seconds after the firefighters arrived and what happened next was something no one can prepare for.
      

    Tuesday, January 08, 2013

    Who Will Be Liable?


    When Muffy Becomes Cujo,
    Taxpayers Will Foot The Bill
     
    From the Greece Post: "Auditions will be held this Saturday to cast a dog in the upcoming "Legally Blonde" production at Greece Athena High School, 800 Long Pond Road.
     
    Producers are looking for dogs who are good with crowds and able to sit and stay. Bonus if they can speak on command. Owners are asked to bring some of their dog's favorite treats in for the audition."
     
    SCATS: WHY would GCSD want to take the risk? What if the dog is injured? I see nothing is mentioned to ensure the dog is properly immunized.
      
      

    Sunday, January 06, 2013

    BOE Meeting Tuesday, 6:30PM


    It is anticipated that the BOE will go into an Exec. Session at 5:30PM to discuss collective bargaining, the employment history of particular person(s) & pending litigation. (As a result, you will wait up to 30 minutes after the 6:30PM BOE meeting start time, because they do not value YOUR time or interest.)

    AGENDA ITEMS of NOTE

    Budget Update
    Data Dashboard Update
    Strategic Plan Update
    Recommended Settlement with Travelers/Garden Grove for Default on Soccer Field Construction

      

    Friday, January 04, 2013

    US Budget Balance

    The US debt crisis, brilliantly explained, in two brief lessons.

    THE US DEBT CRISIS SIMPLY EXPLAINED:

    Lesson # 1:

    * U.S. Tax revenue: $ 2,170,000,000,000
    * Fed budget: $ 3,820,000,000,000
    * New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000
    * National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
    * Recent budget cuts: $ 38,500,000,000

    Let's now remove 8 zeros and pretend it's a household budget:

    Annual family income: $ 21,700.
    Family expenditure on
    credit cards: $ 38,200.
    New debt on the
    credit card: $ 16,500.
    Outstanding balance
    on the credit card: $ 142,710.
    Total cuts in the
    family budget so far: $ 3.85

    Got It ?????

    OK now,

    Lesson # 2: Here's another way to look at the Debt Ceiling:

    Let's say, you come home from work and find there has been a sewer backup in your neighborhood...and your home has sewage all the way up to your ceilings.

    What do you think you should do ......
    raise the ceiling, or remove the shit?
      

    Thursday, January 03, 2013

    Possibly a New Species?

      
    A new breed of young human beings!

    They are referred to as “homo slackass-erectus” created by natural genetic evolution through constant spineless posturing, and spasmatic upper limb gestures, which new research has shown to cause shorter legs and an inability to ambulate other than in an awkward shuffling gait.
     
    Often seen roaming on Maiden Ln, Long Pond Rd & Island Cottage Rd.
     

    Wednesday, January 02, 2013

    Righting A Wrong ...

    John Ritter, Greece Police Dept.

    I just learned that the petition to award the Medal of Freedom to the four Webster firefighters does NOT include the name of the Greece police officer, John Ritter, who reportedly saved an untold number of lives of additional firefighters during the shooting on Christmas Eve. For some reason, his name is on a separate petition that has under 400 signatures, while the petition for the firefighters is at almost the halfway mark. How is this reasonable, fair or in line with the concept of "brotherhood" that we just heard so much about during the past week?

    While I don't normally get involved with such petitions, this separation via petition appears to be a blatant attempt to diminish the role of Ritter, an individual who apparently wasn't carrying the right badge that fateful day. I encourage you to sign this petition, especially if you signed the other one. It's only fair.

    PETITION ~~  To award the Medal of Freedom to Officer Jon* Ritter of the Greece Police Department for saving multiple lives in Webster.
         
    * The petition contains the incorrect spelling of his name!
      

    Tuesday, January 01, 2013

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!


    2013 ~ Auggie's Last Year in Office!
     
    This recording makes some amazing "predictions!"