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Sunday night's violence on Rochester’s Northeast Side represents neither the Puerto Rican Festival, nor the Puerto Rican population of the city, says festival President Orlando Ortiz.

Five people were arrested in the hours following the end of the celebration.

Ortiz says it’s unfortunate that in the public thinks the violence is associated with the festival. He says people who attended the festivities give good feedback.


A NYS Assembly committee holds a hearing on the issue of childhood poverty in Rochester on Monday afternoon.

It's being held by the Assembly Committee on Children and Families and Social Services which notes that 22 percent of children in the state live in poverty.

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As has happened for a number of years following the annual Puerto Rican Festival, Rochester Police were busy on the northeast side of the city dealing with large crowds blocking parts  of the the main streets through that area.

Organizers of the festival have said this activity is not related to the event itself, and have tried to work with police and others to keep people from roaming through those neighborhoods after the festival closes for the weekend.

Two Killed In Genesee County Crash

Aug 23, 2015

A man and woman who live in Orleans County died early today when their small car went off Sackett Road in Bergen, hit a tree and rolled into a ditch.

The Genesee County Sheriff's office says the crash happened at about 12:45 am.

Deputies identified those killed as the driver, 22 year old Dylan Starkweather of Holley, and 31-year old Tracy Manchester of Kendall, who was in the back seat but not buckled up. 23-year old Joshua Deyager from Bergen was also in the front seat and was taken to a Rochester hospital.

An organization that helps people with developmental and intellectual disabilities says progress is  being made in helping reduced the local unemployment rate for the types of people they are trying to help.

That according to Andrew Sewnauth, a vice president with CDS Monarch. He says recent statistics from the federal government show that the jobless rate for people with disabilities dropped about two percent, to just over 10 percent in July.  Sewnauth says his organization has helped find jobs for 35 people with those types of disabilities.

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Rochester Police have made an arrest in connection with Wednesday night's Genesee Street shooting, but police say he is NOT believed to be the person who actually fired the shots from the car involved in that drive-by incident that killed 3 people and injured four others.

32 year old Quartermaine Titus of Rochester  is accused of firing shots in the direction of the vehicle near the Boys & Girls Club, but not hitting anyone with his gunfire. Police aren't saying who fired first, Quartermaine, or whoever fired from the car involved in the drive-by.

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Hundreds gathered on Genesee Street in Rochester on Friday night, to pray for those affected by this past week's mass shooting that took three lives and injured four other people.

The prayer service took place on the same spot where the seven young men were shot, in front of the Boys and Girls Clubs. They were shot as they left a basketball game, in a drive by shooting that took the lives of 17 year old Jonah Barley, 19 year old Raekwon Manigault  and 25 year old Johnny  Johnson.

Rochester Police have now officially released the names of the three people killed in a shooting on Genesee Street on Wednesday night.

They are identified as 17 year old Jonah Barley,  19 year old Raekwon Manigault  and 25 year old Johnny Johnson.

All of them are city residents.  The official cause of death is still pending a report from the Medical Examiner

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Gun violence is a common occurrence in some Rochester neighborhoods, but a local psychiatrist says Wednesday's mass shooting was extreme even for challenged locations like inner cities.

Dr. Robert Weisman, associate professor of psychiatry at UR Medicine, says 60 to 80 percent of the victims of violence suffer from some level of post-traumatic stress. And that can include those who simply witnessed the event.  Weisman says younger people are more vulnerable than adults in this way.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Johnny Manziel made another strong impression on Cleveland's coaches.

EJ Manuel's was even better for Buffalo.

Manziel threw a touchdown pass and maybe closed the gap on presumed starting quarterback Josh McCown before Manuel rallied the Bills to an 11-10 victory Thursday night.

Manuel, attempting to beat out Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor for Buffalo's starting job, threw a 14-yard TD pass to Andre Davis with 1:31 left. He then connected with rookie Bronson Hill for the 2-point conversion to complete a late rally by the Bills (1-1).