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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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Connections
4:31 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday - Open Enrollment Update

We get updates on what is happening the second open enrollment period of the New York State of Health Marketplace with our guests:

  • Christine Wagner, Executive Director of St. Joseph’s Neighborhood center
  • Shannon Kelly, Health Insurance Assister, Trillium Health
  • Jeff Welcher, Account Consultant, Bene-Care
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Health
4:16 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Pediatricians Weigh In on NIH Decision to Cancel Children's Study

Golisano Children’s Hospital’s lead pediatrician agrees with the National Institutes of Health for their decision to cancel a long term study.

This National Institutes of Health recently announced a decision to pull funding from the National Children’s Study—even after spending more than a billion dollars over 10 years of the project.

Nina Schor is the Pediatrician-in-Chief at Golisano Children’s Hospital. She says the NIH had to make a cost benefit analysis and decided the project would not give enough useful results to justify continued funding.

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