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Rochester Police Department

Rochester police have charged a mother with murder in connection with the death of her 10-day old son.

Officers were called to a home at 31 Locust Street Monday afternoon for a report of an unresponsive child.  They were told the baby, Jeremiah Mitchell, was found in that condition in the bathtub.

25-year old Markiya Mitchell, the infant's mother, later admitted to intentionally drowning Jeremiah in the bathtub. She has a 7-year old child who is being cared for by a family member.

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Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio on Monday pleaded guilty to one of the probation violations against her, in exchange for time already served in jail.

She had been back in jail since last Thursday following a court appearance over her latest alleged probation violation related to her 2016 DWI conviction.

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Zagster may be expanding to Pittsford.

The village has been working on reclaiming the streets for all users, not just cars.

Pittsford Mayor Bob Corby says there is an interest from residents in being mobile in other ways.

"All across the country, study after study has shown that younger people, younger professionals, millenials prefer to live in walkable environments where they can get outside the car and experience the physical environment."

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Advocates from a variety of backgrounds gathered Monday morning asking Monroe County to restore funding for preventative child abuse programming.

Faith leaders, doctors and leaders of local children’s advocacy groups say while they are grateful for the eight point plan to increase CPS introduced by the county in early October, they would like to see more programming that keeps families out of the system all together.

photo courtesy of Lindsay Cray

Members of the Rochester community say local veterans owe a debt a gratitude to Tom Cray, founder of the Veterans Outreach Center.

Cray died of brain cancer last Friday at the age of 67.

He served two tours in Vietnam and then returned home and worked to get veterans access to the services they needed.  Former VOC board member Fred Elliott said Vietnam veterans didn't always get a warm homecoming, but Cray said you had to separate the warrior from the war.

photo courtesty of Lindsay Cray

A key figure in local efforts to help Vietnam and other veterans has died. Tom Cray died Friday at the age of 67.

It was disclosed in January that he was suffering from brain cancer.  His daughter Lindsay had noted at the time that her father served two tours in Vietnam and when he came home to Rochester he worked with government agencies to establish services for veterans.

UR med professionals reflect on PR trip

Nov 10, 2017
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Six weeks later and Puerto Ricans on the island are still dealing with the damage from Hurricane Maria.

Eleven medical professionals from the University of Rochester Medical Center have just returned from a two-week mission trip there, hoping to help residents dealing with health issues. 

While there, they worked out of tents, set up in a parking lot in the coastal city of Fajardo. According to Wendy Allen-Thompson, a registered nurse on the team, they helped over 2,000 people while there.

As Veterans Day approaches, Compeer Rochester is reminding local veterans that a program it offers can help them ease back into civilian life.

CompeerCORPS has been around for five years.  It brings veterans together for group and community activities with the ultimate goal of establishing one-to-one connections.  Program manager Mike Buckpitt, who is a U.S. Army veteran himself, says it's all about the personal connections.

City of Rochester

The City of Rochester on Thursday re-dedicated the monument of a World War I cannon in Washington Square Park.

The cannon was originally a gift to the city from Italy in 1921,  in recognition of more than 1,400 young men of Italian descent from Rochester who fought in what has also been called “The Great War.”

The cannon was captured by the Italian Army in 1918. It had fallen into disrepair and was moved into storage several years ago, but it has now been restored and it faces Court Street.

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The head of a local organization that serves the Rochester Puerto Rican community is just back from a visit to that hurricane-ravaged island.

And Hilda Rosario Escher, the President of the Ibero American Action League, says there is still a crisis in Puerto Rico.

She spent a week in Puerto Rico, trying to help family members and other people in her hometown.