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A judge ruled on Monday that Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio did not violate terms of her sentence related to her DWI conviction last year.

Ontario County Judge Stephon Aronson has been presiding over the bench trial because of Astacio’s position as a city judge.

On Monday, Aronson ruled there was a lack of evidence to prove Astacio was drinking at a Thanksgiving party  and also at a local restaurant.

The judge also dismissed an allegation that the judge circumvented her interlock device on her car  by having others blow into it.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News) — New York is doling out $20.9 million in new grants to 19 land banks in an effort to help them acquire abandoned properties.

The grants are awarded under the Land Bank Community Revitalization Initiative. The office of New York Attorney General Schneiderman established the initiative in 2013 with funding secured through settlements with the nation's largest banks over misconduct that contributed to the housing crisis.

Rochester fire officials say high levels of carbon monoxide in a church on the city’s northwest side resulted in several people being treated.

Firefighters were called to the scene at about 1:40pm at Emmanuel Temple Church on Seneca Parkway.

When they got there, the crew found high levels of the odorless gas. Everyone was evacuated and RG&E pinpointed the problem to an improperly installed furnace.

Fire crews ventilated the building; two adults and one child were taken to the hospital as a precaution to be checked out, and eight others were treated at the scene.

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GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP & WXXI News) — The FBI says its work in a wooded area of South Carolina has brought authorities closer to resolving the case of a Chili area teenager who disappeared during a spring break trip that she took without her family's knowledge in 2009.

Multiple media outlets report an FBI supervisory agent said Sunday the work over three days in Georgetown County "progressed the investigation" into the disappearance of 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel.

She was last seen leaving a Myrtle Beach resort on April 25, 2009.

In the wake of recent threats to the Jewish Community Center in Rochester and other Jewish institutions across the country, Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle announced on Sunday that he secured $200,000 in funding for improving security at the Brighton facility.

Morelle said the funding is intended to proactively respond to the threats, and to help ensure and restore a sense of safety to the center and its members.

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A search that is reportedly related to the death of a Chili teen continued over the weekend in South Carolina.

That's according to the FBI, who tells Spectrum News the search related to the death of Brittanee Drexel will continue at least until Sunday. 

Myrtle Beach Police say officers from their department along with sheriff's deputies and the FBI began searching  Friday in an area around Georgetown, South Carolina.

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About 200  protesters gathered outside the Federal Building Friday afternoon on State Street in Rochester to voice their concerns about recent incidents involving immigrants in Western NY.

The protest was actually scheduled even before Thursday night’s rally outside the Border Patrol station in Irondequoit. It had been scheduled in connection with the recent detention of farmworkers in Orleans County.

But Thursday night’s incident brought an additional sense of urgency to the downtown  protest.

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The U.S. Border Patrol released this statement on Friday in connection with the immigration story involving some people from Guatemala:

"On March 23, 2017, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rochester Border Patrol Station responded to a call from a local police department requesting assistance during a vehicle stop.

RIT University News

The Rochester Institute of Technology is bringing back a sound many alumni may remember.

A new carillon bell system has been installed and will ring for the first time in nearly three years Friday afternoon.

Amar Bhatt is the Student Government Vice President at RIT and helped create a petition to bring back the bells in 2015. He said the revival of the bells was heavily based in nostalgia.

The Police Chief in the Village of Geneseo, Eric Osganian, issued this explanation on Friday of a traffic stop in Geneseo Thursday night that eventually led to a protest outside the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office in Irondequoit: