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10:53 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Casino Developer Aims for Early 2016 Opening

Credit wilmorite.com

Gamblers could be lining up at the slot machines at a new Seneca County casino as early as January or February of 2016.

That's according to Jimmy Wilmot, principal officer on the project for Rochester developer Wilmorite.

Wilmot expects the license for the Lago resort to be granted within the next 30 to 60 days.  He said construction will start a week after that, and not much could stand in the way of an early 2016 grand opening.

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Local News
5:39 am
Thu December 18, 2014

NY AG Cracks Down on Toy Guns That Look Real

The gun on top is a real Glock 9 mm. The gun on the bottom is a toy.
Credit Scott Horsley, NPR

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ New York's attorney general wants retailers to stop selling toy guns that are nearly indistinguishable from real firearms. 

Eric Schneiderman's office announced Thursday that letters were sent to Walmart, Amazon, K-Mart and Sears telling them to follow a state law intended to ensure that toy guns aren't mistaken for the real thing. 

The law says toy guns cannot be sold in realistic colors unless they bear an orange stripe on the barrel. 

Schneiderman's office says the toys were sold online, and in one case, at a Rochester-area K-Mart. 

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Local News
11:22 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Food Pantry Sees Increase in Demand This Season

Credit foodlinkny.org

In the month of November, one of the area's most active food pantries saw an even greater demand for meals.

Dom Lucisano, director of the Hope Food Pantry in Greece, said they served about 30 percent more families than they did last November.

Lucisano says food insecurity can be a middle class, suburban problem as well as an inner city problem.  "There are fast food restaurants and coffee shops open anywhere. You can get a minimum wage job just about anywhere. Where are you going on minimum wage?"

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Local News
9:03 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Rochester Ranks 3rd in Volunteering

A report released by the Corporation for National Community Service shows Rochester ranks among the top cities for volunteering across the nation.

Wendy Spencer is the group's president. She says last year, almost 300,000 residents participated in volunteering activities, from traditional community service to helping out the neighbors. That's over 30% of the city's residents, a higher percentage that almost every other city in the country.

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Local News
2:34 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Three Die In Ontario County Accident

Credit Greg Cotterill / WXXI News

Three people were killed in a three-vehicle crash in Ontario County on Tuesday morning. It happened in the Town of Phelps on State Route 14 at Bostwick Road.

State Police say the driver of a car going westbound on Bostwick Road failed to stop at a stop sign and struck an SUV that was traveling north on Route 14. That collision forced the SUV into a pickup truck that was traveling  south on the state highway.

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Local News
8:47 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

RPD Releases More Details About Shooting Of Suspect

Rochester Police are releasing more details about a Monday incident where an officer shot and wounded a suspect.

It happened on the west side, just after 11:00 a.m., on Arborwood Crescent.

Police were called for a family argument, with a man threatening a woman and girl with a six-inch steak knife. First on the scene - 13-year veteran officer Cynthia Muratore put the two safely in her car.

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Connections
8:10 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, December 16th

Credit NPR

First hour: Is it okay to lie to your kids about Santa?

Second hour: Hanukkah Lights special

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Local News
1:03 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Suspect Shot By Rochester Police

Credit TWC News

Rochester Police are investigating a shooting Monday that injured a suspect. Officers responded to a domestic dispute on the west side of the city, on Arborwood Crescent in the late morning.

Police say when they got to the scene, they were met by a man wielding a knife, who was ordered to drop it , but refused.  That person was shot by an officer, and was taken to Strong Hospital for treatment.

No other details were immediately available.

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Local News
10:30 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Pittsford Man Faces Charges After Deputy Is Injured

Colby Reed

Monroe County Deputies have charged a Pittsford man with robbery, burglary and assault after a deputy was injured early Sunday morning.

23 year old Colby Reed was arraigned in Pittsford Town Court and pleaded not guilty. Authorities say a deputy was trying to stop a vehicle from leaving a home at 6 Brook Road in Pittsford.

Deputies were called to the home at about 4:30 am for a suspicious vehicle in the driveway.

When deputies arrived, they reported hearing noises coming from inside a detached garage at 7 Brook Road.

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Local News
7:50 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Winter Storm Warning Continues until 6 Tonight

Credit Matthew Leonard/WXXI

The Rochester area had unofficial snowfall totals ranging from 8 to 12 inches in the last 24 hours.

The Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until this evening, but the National Weather Service says most of what will fall is already on the ground. We're expecting another inch or two by tonight.

Areas south of the Thruway had some of the higher amounts.  Even though the plows have been out, many of the roads are snow-covered and slippery and it's a slower than normal commute this morning, so you'll want a head start.

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