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Carlet Cleare

Reporter/Producer

Carlet Cleare is a Reporter/Producer at WXXI News. Carlet reports on news topics relevant to the community and helps to create and develop story ideas to produce comprehensive and compelling news stories. Prior to joining WXXI, she worked at RNews as a Desk Assistant. Carlet earned her Associate’s degree in Communications & Media Arts from Monroe Community College in 2004, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications/Journalism at St. John Fisher College in 2006. Her work has been honored by the New York State chapter of the Associated Press.

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Government
8:10 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Rochester's Convention Center Named For Joe Floreano

Credit cityofrochester.gov

Community leaders in Rochester on Wednesday renamed the Rochester Riverside Convention Center after Joe Floreano.

Floreano was the Executive Director of the Convention Center for the past 30 years. The facility will now be known as the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

The local leader in hospitality had been battling cancer and lost his fight Tuesday night.

During the renaming ceremony, City Council President Loretta Scott says she’d worked with Floreano for years while working at City Hall.

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WXXI Local Stories
5:36 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

ROC Clergy Push For Police Officers To Wear Body Cameras

Credit CBS Philly

The relationship between Rochester police and city residents continues to deteriorate. That's according to Reverend Lewis Stewart, the head of the United Christian Leadership Ministry.  He says a "Ferguson Missouri is brewing" here in Rochester.

"City council and the mayor they need to act now to avoid any explosion that could come about in the immediate future.”

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WXXI Local Stories
5:53 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Elfgeeh Pleads Not Guilty To Recruiting For ISIS In Fed Court

Credit Democrat & Chronicle

The Rochester man accused of recruiting people to join the Islamic State of Iraq plead not guilty in federal court on Thursday.

Mufid Elfgeeh, 30,  operator of MoJoe's Pizza and Chicken on North Clinton Avenue, was arraigned federal court this morning on 7 criminal counts.

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WXXI Local Stories
12:05 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Mourners Pay Tribute To Larry & Jane Glazer

Credit Buckingham Properties

About 2,000 people  packed Temple B’rith Kodesh in Brighton on Tuesday to say goodbye to Larry and Jane Glazer.  The well-known developer and his entrepreneur wife died when their small plane crashed off the coast of Jamaica on September 5.

The memorial service included eulogies by two of the couple’s children as well as Jane Glazer’s brother and a childhood friend of Larry Glazer.

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WXXI Local Stories
10:58 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Golisano Fights Tax Assessment On Mendon Home

Credit TWC News

Billionaire philanthropist and Paychex founder Golisano is battling  tax assessments on his Mendon property.

Golisano, who appeared in State Supreme Court in Rochester on Monday, says he's still paying too much money in property taxes for his 38-arce Mendon home. Golisano's primary residence is now in Florida.

Appraisers hired by the Town of Mendon valued Golisano's house at $3.2 million.

During Golisano's last court case, three years ago, a State Supreme Court judge decision lowered his property taxes on the home from $200,000 a year to $100,000.

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Government
10:39 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Rochester Launches "Clergy On Patrol"

Credit Jessica Alaimo/Huffington Post

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is launching a new program in an effort to build trust between the community and city police.

It’s called “Clergy on Patrol.”

Area pastors and ministers will periodically walk neighborhood streets with officers while passing out information on city programs that could help residents. Warren says more than 100 clergy members attended training sessions. She says this is just one way to help make the community safe.           

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WXXI Local Stories
7:28 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Homeless Advocates Protest At Monroe County Office Building

Credit TWC News

Homeless advocates are protesting what they say is Monroe County's inaction in finding an alternative place for homeless people who were using the Civic Center garage as shelter during the winter months. They were recently locked out of the garage after-hours.

Protesters stood in lobby of the Monroe County Office building on Friday calling on county leaders to reschedule a canceled meeting from this week.

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WXXI Top Stories
6:19 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Thousands Attend Fallen Officer Pierson's Funeral

Credit Democrat & Chronicle

More than 6,000 officers and authorities came from the across the state, and around country, to pay their respects to fallen Officer Daryl Pierson at the Blue Cross Arena on Wednesday.

Thirty two year old Pierson, a husband and father of 2 young children, was shot and killed in the line of duty one week ago. Lt. Governor Bob Duffy was among the eulogists during the funeral service.

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WXXI Local Stories
8:17 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Hundreds Pack Calling Hours For Fallen RPD Officer

Credit TWC News

Calling hours for fallen Rochester police officer Daryl Pierson began Monday afternoon at the Bartolomeo and Perotto Funeral Home in Greece.           

An American flag hung flapping in the wind between two fire trucks as hundreds of first responders and members of law enforcement, from near and far, came to pay their respects to the Pierson family.

People passing by the funeral home stopped along the side of the road to shake the hands of officers and say "thank you" for their service. Yellow and blue ribbons graced nearby trees in honor of Daryl Pierson.

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RPD Shooting
7:09 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Suspect in Police Shooting Could Face Life Sentence

Rochester Police released this photo of the suspected shooter, Thomas Johnson III.
Credit Rochester Police Department

Rochester Police and the Monroe County District Attorney’s office released more details on the Wednesday’s fatal shooting of RPD Officer Daryl Pierson. The alleged shooter, Thomas Johnson III, is facing eight counts including aggravated murder. He’s currently at Strong Memorial Hospital under police guard. He was arraigned on those charges Thursday night in his hospital room and entered a not guilty plea.

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