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1:22 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

Statements By Gov. Cuomo & Rochester Mayor Warren On NYC Officer Murders

Officers Ramos & Liu
Credit npr.org

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren on Sunday issued the following statement regarding the shooting deaths of 2 New York City Police Officers:

"Here in Rochester, we already know the pain of one of our police officers being killed. The situation in New York City is a reminder of that pain. We also know the pain of losing loved ones to acts of violence.  My thoughts and prayers are with the families of these brave officers. My prayers are also with the families that lose loved ones on our streets. These killings are senseless.

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Local News
12:30 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

Oneida Indians Plan To Open Another Casino

Credit casino.org

CHITTENANGO, N.Y. (AP) — The Oneida Indian Nation has announced plans to open a $20 million casino with a "Wizard of Oz" theme in the village where Oz author L. Frank Baum was born.

Ray Halbritter, chief executive officer of the Oneida Nation, tells the Syracuse Post-Standard the casino will open in the spring in Chittenango, 14 miles east of Syracuse.

The Oneidas announced plans for the Yellow Brick Road Casino four days after a state panel recommended licensing three non-Indian casinos, including one 42 miles west of Syracuse.

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Local News
10:10 am
Sun December 21, 2014

Man Dies Driving Into Hamlin Pond

A man from Albion died Saturday night in a suspected alcohol-related accident.

Monroe County Sheriffs deputies say Mariano Solis, 38, was alone in his 2005 Ford Escape when it went into a 14-foot deep pond.

Spokesperson John Helfer told WXXI that Solis had been drinking since noon. At about 9:30 pm he tried to leave a home on Redman Road near Route 18 in Hamlin, but he didn't get far, crossing the road and plunging into the water.

Solis called 9-1-1 and neighbors and firefighters tried to get him out of the water, but the car went under.

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Around The State
6:23 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

Two NYC Cops Killed In Ambush Shooting

Credit wnyc.org

NEW YORK (AP) — A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two officers in a patrol car and shot them to death in broad daylight Saturday before running to a subway station and killing himself, authorities said.

The suspect, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, wrote on an Instagram account: "I'm putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let's take 2 of theirs," officials said. He used the hashtags Shootthepolice RIPErivGardner (sic) RIPMikeBrown.

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Government
1:04 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

Will Thruway Tolls Rise?

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Thruway Authority's $2 billion budget plan for next year includes nearly $1 billion to keep building a new Tappan Zee Bridge in the lower Hudson Valley.

Executive Director Thomas Madison says by the end of 2015 the authority and Canal Corp. will reduce operating costs more than $200 million with personnel reductions and expense controls and refinance old debt to save $100 million. He says that will help "keep tolls as low as possible" while advancing the project.

Bridge expenses are nearly $750 million this year from new borrowing.

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Health
1:02 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

NYS Changes Law Regarding Unconventional Treatments

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York law has been changed to prohibit state investigations of doctors for unconventional treatments of diseases, specifically including Lyme disease.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure this week, saying it was conditioned on legislators agreeing to additional legislation to ensure the Office of Professional Medical Conduct can investigate certain complaints that put patients at risk.

The law applies to treatments "not universally accepted by the medical profession."

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Local News
11:16 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Gunman Sought By Newark Police

Aron B. Bell
Credit from Newark Police

Police in the Wayne County village of Newark are looking for a man wanted in the early Saturday morning shooting of a mother and her 11 year old son.

Chief of Police David Christler tells WXXI that Aron Bell, 45, of Blackmar Street in Newark could be in Rochester, Monroe or Wayne county.

Christler says Bell is wanted for allegedly entering his girlfriend’s apartment on Mason Street in the village just before 2 am Saturday. Police say he shot his girlfriend once in the head, and their 11 year old son in the arm. Bell used a small caliber handgun, according to police.

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Health
6:32 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Strong Hospital Implements Visitor Restrictions Due To Flu

Strong Hospital in Rochester has implemented some restrictions on visitors due to high levels of flu that have been seen locally and nationally.

They include:

--No visitors under age 14 permitted in the hospital

--No more than two family members/visitors at any time for each patient.

--People who are ill with flu-like symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, or sore throat) are asked NOT to visit     hospitalized patients at all.

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Government
7:38 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Rochester Officials Ask Homeless To Leave Settlement

Credit City of Rochester

City of Rochester officials are asking homeless people who have camped out near South Avenue and the 490 Douglass-Anthony bridge to leave that space. A news release from City Hall on Friday says that on Thursday night, a tent caught fire at that encampment, putting people at risk and damaging the property.

Officials say ongoing open fires at the site creates a dangerous situation for everyone staying there and for first responders.

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Health
5:08 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Fallen Rochester Police Officer Remembered at Blood Drive

Credit Veronica Volk / WXXI

Rochester Police Officer Daryl Pierson was memorialized Friday during a blood drive at the Locust Club, headquarters for the police union.

Last September, Pierson was fatally shot during a traffic stop. He is survived by his wife, Amy, and two young children.

In his memory, the American Red Cross held a blood drive. Friends of the family and fellow officers dropped by to show their support, donate, and share stories over cookies and apple juice.

Locust Club President Ralph Gagliano was among the first to arrive.

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