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Leaders of the faith community in Rochester say they've been working with the Rochester Police Department to communicate the importance of the reorganization plan to residents. 

Bishop Greg Parris says it is not up to the church to decide how the RPD implements its policing strategies. Instead, he says its the responsibility of the church to help make the community a happy and healthy place.


Tax season is here, and your 2014 tax return is due in about six weeks.

Local CPA David Young says the biggest change people need to be aware of this year is the requirement for proof of health insurance coverage due to the Affordable Care Act. If you did not have health insurance coverage in 2014, you could face a penalty amounting to one percent of your adjusted gross income.

Young says one common mistake he sees is taxpayers using the wrong filing status, which could be costly.

The United Way of Greater Rochester has set its goal for this year's campaign; It is $24 million, which is a little less than the $25.5 million raised last year.  

Campaign chairs Lauren Dixon and Mike Schwabl, who own the Dixon Schwabl marketing and communications company, say the goal is lower than last year partly because of changes in the local economy. With some of the larger firms cutting back over the years, there isn't the same base of potential donors.

WARSAW, N.Y. (AP) — Three Attica prison guards charged with beating a jewelry thief until bones in his face and legs broke pleaded guilty Monday in an agreement that will spare them jail time.

Keith Swack, Sean Warner and Matthew Rademacher admitted to misdemeanor charges of official misconduct as jury selection was about to begin for their trial in Wyoming County Court.

The guards, who had been suspended without pay since after the 2011 attack, were given one-year conditional discharges and agreed to resign.


WARSAW, N.Y. (AP)  A trial is set to begin for three corrections officers charged with seriously injuring an inmate during a beating at Attica state prison in 2011. 

Keith Swack, Sean Warner and Matthew Rademacher are charged with gang assault and tampering with physical evidence. They're accused of beating then-29-year-old George Williams so severely that he suffered broken bones in both legs and his face. Williams was serving time for stealing jewelry from two Manhattan stores in 2008 and 2009. 

Authorities did not search on Sunday in Charlotte where they had been looking in recent days for 21 year old Max Maisel, the RIT student reported missing a week ago. There was no immediate word when that search will resume.

Divers had been in the water in that area earlier in the week. That is the area where Max was last seen and where his vehicle was found.

On Sunday evening, his father, ESPN sportswriter Ivan Maisel, tweeted this:

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Monroe County Deputies confirm for WXXI News that a 16 year old boy severely burned in a garage fire in Penfield early Sunday morning has died of his injuries.

Deputies say just before 3:30 a.m. the Webster Fire Department responded to 8 Peregrine Way in Penfield for a garage fire. Firefighters found the garage on fire just off Jackson Road near the Webster border.

Remembering Trooper AJ Sperr

Mar 1, 2015

On Sunday, many will remember a State Police officer originally from Greece. Trooper Andrew "A.J." Sperr was killed March 1, 2006, after he came upon two subjects later determined to be involved in a bank robbery in the town of Big Flats in Chemung County.

Investigation determined that Trooper Sperr was fired upon as he approached the subjects' vehicle. Trooper Sperr returned gunfire, striking both subjects before they left the area in a second vehicle, which they had previously staged there for their getaway.

A 19 year old man accused in the shooting death of his father in Pittsford earlier this month has now been indicted. A Monroe County grand jury has indicted Charles Tan on one count of Murder in the 2nd degree in the death of 49 year old  Liang "Jim" Tan.

The district attorney’s office says that Jim Tan was killed in their Coachside Lane home sometime between February 5th and February 9th. Deputies were called to the house on the evening of February 9th and found Jim Tan dead at that time.

It's called "Spread the Word to End the R-Word, " and it's a campaign to try and get people to stop using the word 'retarded'.  That campaign locally, organized by the Golisano Foundation is now in its fifth year and there are a number of activities over the next week to bring awareness to the issue and how the use of the word retarded is disparaging to people with intellectual disabilities.

Foundation director Ann Costello says this campaign really focuses on young people, so that the next generations will move away from using that word.