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Middleport Man in Custody After Firing Gun at Passing Car

RIDGEWAY, NY-- A Middleport man is being held without bail after firing several shotgun rounds at an occupied vehicle in Orleans County.

The suspect is identified as 33-year-old Robert Streams. He is charged with Reckless Endangerment, Criminal Possession of a Weapon, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

The incident occurred around 7:40 p.m. Monday at 3655 Niagara-Orleans Country Line Road in the Town of Ridgeway. Orleans County deputies were sent to that address after the victim went to another location and called 9-1-1 to report shots fired at her vehicle.

Investigators are still trying to determine Streams' motive for shooting at the woman's vehicle.

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Orleans Co.Sheriff's Deputy Injured in Traffic Tussle

ALBION, NY-An Orleans County Sheriff's Deputy suffered minor injuries over the weekend after being involved in an altercation with a driver he was trying to pull over.

Deputy D.E. Foeller, Jr. spotted a car swerving on and off Waterworks Road in the Town of Shelby around 3:30 Sunday morning.

In the process of the pursuit, the suspect car struck two cars and a utility pole. When the deputy approached the car, he found the driver unconscious and immediately called for EMS.

While waiting for rescue crews to arrive, the driver regained consciousness and became combative. As a result, Deputy Foeller suffered an injury to his left wrist as well as minor lacerations to both arms.

Stephen Lopez, 28, of Albion is charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, reckless driving, unlawful fleeing a police officer, assault, resisting arrest and numerous vehicle and traffic violations.

Orleans County Resident Chosen as Playboy's Miss September

As Reported in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Troy L. Smith • Staff writer • August 11, 2010

A resident of Holley, Orleans County — a town of roughly 1,800 people — will be showcased in one of the most well-known magazines in the world.

Model Olivia Paige, 19, will bare all as “Miss September” in the latest issue of Playboy magazine, on newsstands Friday.

Paige’s journey to the cover began in August 2009, when she flew to Las Vegas with her mom to audition for Playboy Special Editions (a series of specialty publications ). While there, Paige was approached by a casting director for a new Playboy TV reality series called Playboy Shootout.

Medina Hospital Awarded Designated Stroke Center

Medina Memorial Health Care System is now a NYS Designated Stroke Center


The New York State Department of Health has announced that Medina Memorial Health Care System has earned the designation as a Stroke Center.   The designation is part of a statewide effort to improve the overall quality of care and outcomes for stroke patients.

The statewide program, which began in 2004, was designed to improve care to stroke patients through enhanced policies, protocols, rapid evaluation and treatment. Criteria includes physician care within 15 minutes of arrival to the emergency department, a CT scan within 25 minutes, lab results in 45 minutes and receipt of clot-busting drugs within an hour of arrival, or within three hours of symptom onset.

Medina Memorial Health Care System has dedicated acute stroke teams on-site and appropriate neuro-imaging services available.

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Medina Memorial Announces Hospitalist Program

On August 1st, Medina Memorial Hospital introduced a new hospitalist program.  Hospitalists are doctors who have advanced training and experience in the special medical care needed by patients during a hospital stay. They treat only hospitalized patients and do not see patients outside of the hospital setting.  Therefore, they are able to develop expertise in the more acute, complicated care needed by patients in the hospital with more severe conditions.

Patients in hospitals with hospitalists have immediate access to the physician.  Thus, they tend to have shorter hospital stays, lower costs, better outcomes, and increased satisfaction.

Orleans County Man Accused of Faking Theft of Rig

An Orleans County man accused of arranging the theft of his tractor-trailer is facing felony charges.

Matthew R. Tower, 32, of Gaines was recently charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, following a lengthy investigation by the Orleans County Sheriff's Office, Orleans County Sheriff Scott Hess announced. Tower is accused of conspiring with two men and arranging for the duo to steal his 14-year-old tractor-trailer in March, so he could collect insurance money on the rig, Hess said.

The truck, which is worth approximately $70,000, was stolen from 15731 Route 31 in Murray on or about March 31, deputies said.

The plan was for one of the two men to drive the tractor-trailer to North Carolina to dispose of the truck, deputies said.

But police said that did not happen. One of the men was driving the rig on May 20, when he was stopped by police in Wilson County, North Carolina, Hess said.

Orleans County Rescuers Call Off Search of Canal After Man Turns Up

A quick dash to get out of the rain may prove costly for a fisherman.

A police officer on patrol on July 24th in Holley, Orleans County, came upon a scene where it appeared a person had slid into the Erie Canal: A bicycle on the canal bank, along with flip-flops, fishing poles and beer cans. Slide marks into the waterway were also visible.

The Holley police officer called for backup and authorities started searching the water about 1:30 a.m., said Orleans County emergency dispatchers.

Ultimately, about 65 people - New York State Police, the Orleans County sheriff's dive team and firefighters from five area departments - were involved.

Search boats were brought in, as were a tracking dog from Niagara County and a helicopter.

The search ended just after 6 a.m. when the man authorities were looking for arrived at the scene unharmed, said Holley Police Chief William Murphy.