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The mayor of the village of Webster wants to know whether residents and village board members believe weapons should be banned on village-owned property.

John Cahill said he has heard from village residents who are concerned about the volatile behavior of a handful of individuals who have attended village meetings.  A community television producer who records the meetings thought she noticed one man wearing a concealed weapon. Police reviewed the video and confirmed that was likely the case. They told Cahill that the man does have a concealed carry permit. 

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Almost two million people in New York State showed up to court without a lawyer last year. A program, designed to help navigate the court system, aims to help them.

Melissa Barrett is an associate court attorney with New York's 7th Judicial District. She says, those within the court system are aware of how complicated it can be.

"If citizens are struggling to understand the justice system, and the judicial process is hidden from them, then you really don't have access and without access there truly is no justice."

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As temperatures dip into the teens and below, the Open Door Mission says it's seeing some homeless individuals at the shelter who are responding to ongoing efforts to build trust.

Mission spokesperson Chris Scribani says teams do "street sweeps" during good weather to encourage homeless men to seek shelter when it gets dangerously cold.

"We try to build that trust on the outside for days just like this when we're pleasantly surprised that folks are coming in, who wouldn't normally come in, and they feel like they belong."

An accident on Lake Avenue in Rochester killed two people late Wednesday night. Police say it happened just after 11 p.m. when a Honda Accord was moving north on Lake Ave., and it appears the driver lost control on the slippery road and crossed into the southbound lane.

The car was hit in the passenger side by a Jeep Wrangler traveling south on Lake Avenue.  The driver and passenger of the Accord later died at the hospital.

The driver of the Wrangler  had a possible broken leg.

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A well-known community activist has died. Audrey Smith, who founded Friends and Families of Murdered Children and Victims of Violence in 1991, has died at the age of 81.

Smith was inspired to help those who lost lost loved ones to violence  after her son Richard was shot to death.  She spent  more than a decade providing both comforting families who faced tragedy as well as working on anti violence initiatives.

The Monroe County Democratic Committee is asking the Monroe County Republican Committee to refund or donate stolen funds contributed by convicted businessman Dan Lynch.

Lynch this week pleaded guilty to four charges as part of a plea agreement involving allegations of bid rigging.  The Democratic Committee says that Lynch confessed to directing tens of thousands of dollars from inflated county contracts to the county Republicans and a campaign committee for former Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks.

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Members of a Penfield family are recalling their adventures at sea when their cruise ship was battered about by hurricane-force winds in the Atlantic over the weekend.

The Royal Caribbean's "Anthem of the Seas" is scheduled to dock in New Jersey tonight.

More than 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew members left Saturday on a 7-day cruise to the Bahamas. But the ship sailed into a major winter storm with waves as high as 30 feet tossing the 1,141-foot vessel around.

A fourth man charged in the Local Development Corporation bid-rigging scandal pleaded guilty in a Rochester courtroom on Tuesday.

Businessman Daniel Lynch is the final defendant in the multi-million dollar LDC scandal in Monroe County. A statement from the New York State Comptroller and Attorney General says that Lynch pleaded guilty to four felonies, including grand larceny and restraint of trade.

The Rochester Area Community Foundation has received the largest gift in its 44 year history--a donation of $61 million from the Sands family, which runs Constellation Brands.

The contribution from brothers Richard and Rob Sands and their mother, Mickey, have established the Sands Family Supporting Foundation at the Community Foundation to expand the family’s philanthropic legacy and to perpetuate it through future generations of their family.

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Officials at Lollypop Farm say they had a particularly busy day recently as the result of investigations into animal welfare.

Last Thursday, humane officers from the Fairport-based organization responded to a call for assistant from Rochester Police, and seized 10 roosters and 12 hens. Authorities say they were apparently being groomed and trained to fight at a house on Wilder Street in Rochester.  Humane officers are still investigating and they say that possession of animals with the intent to use them to fight is a felony offense.

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