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7:04 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Caution About Fraudulent Fundraising Using Officer Pierson's Name

Rochester Police officials say they have  been made aware of some fraudulent fund-raisers or fundraising mechanisms on behalf of Officer Daryl Pierson’s family. Pierson was shot to death while on duty earlier this month.

Reportedly the scammers have been using the name of the police union, the Locust Club, in their calls.

In order to ensure donations actually go to Officer Pierson’s family, RPD and the Rochester Police Locust Club recommend the following:

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12:29 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Vigil Held Friday Night By The Wives Of RPD Officers

Credit TWC News

A candlelight vigil  was held Friday evening outside the Public Safety Building in Rochester for the family of Officer Daryl Pierson, and also for police officers and their families. Pierson was shot and killed Sept. 3 while on duty. 

Partners Behind the Lines, a group started by spouses of Rochester police officers, held the vigil, which comes just before National Thank a Police Officer Day, which is Saturday.

Amy Pierson was among the hundreds that were there. Her husband Daryl was shot and killed Sept. 3 while trying to make an arrest on Hudson Avenue.

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WXXI Local Stories
12:30 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Rochester Officials Looking For More Info On Genesee Street Incident

Credit TWC News

Rochester's police chief and mayor are responding to reports of a video showing part of an encounter between an officer and another man on Thursday afternoon.

Police said the sergeant was observing illegal drug activity on Genesee Street and attempted to make an arrest. Part of the incident was captured on video, however, it only shows the officer in a physical confrontation with the suspect.

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WXXI Local Stories
11:14 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Local Scot Agrees With Voters' Choice to Remain United

Credit telegraph.co.uk PA

Rochester area Scots are reacting to this morning's news that voters in Scotland have rejected independence in Thursday's historic referendum.

Andy Allan, past president of the Scottish Heritage Society of the Rochester area, said he was not surprised by the outcome of the vote, despite predictions by pollsters, who said it was too close to call.

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WXXI Local Stories
5:53 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Elfgeeh Pleads Not Guilty To Recruiting For ISIS In Fed Court

Credit Democrat & Chronicle

The Rochester man accused of recruiting people to join the Islamic State of Iraq plead not guilty in federal court on Thursday.

Mufid Elfgeeh, 30,  operator of MoJoe's Pizza and Chicken on North Clinton Avenue, was arraigned federal court this morning on 7 criminal counts.

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WXXI Local Stories
2:02 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

North Country Couple Now Facing Fed. Charges In Alleged Kidnapping Of Amish Girls

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Federal prosecutors have charged the couple accused of kidnapping two young Amish sisters in northern New York with sexual exploitation of children and possession of child pornography. 

Twenty-five-year-old Nicole Vaisey and 39-year-old and Stephen Howells Jr. have already pleaded not guilty to state kidnapping charges. 

They are being held without bail. 

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WXXI Local Stories
4:28 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Pegulas A Step Closer To Buying The Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP)  Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula took a step closer to buying the Buffalo Bills after their NFL-record $1.4 billion purchase agreement was unanimously approved by the league's finance committee Wednesday.

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Connections
4:16 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Connections: ISIS Recruiting in ROC; 5k to Honor Teacher

In the first part of the show, new charges were filed against Mufid Elfgeeh, he’s accused of recruiting for ISIS. It’s believed he may be the first person in the U.S. to be charged with recruiting for ISIS. Elfgeeh was arrested earlier this year after he bought guns as part of a plan to kill members of the military returning from war, and Shiites in the Rochester area. So how did the feds know that Elfgeeh was doing all of this, and could there be others? We answer these questions and more with Democrat & Chronicle Reporter Gary Craig.

Then we talk about the Iron Angel 5k taking place September 28, to honor Heather Boyum. Race Director Bonnie Venton joins us to talk about this year’s race.

WXXI Local Stories
12:33 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Dawn Nguyen Gets 8 Years In Federal Prison Sentencing

Credit Democrat & Chronicle

Dawn Nguyen, the woman who bought the guns that were later used in the 2012 Christmas Eve ambush of two West Webster firefighters, was sentenced Wednesday morning on federal charges.

A judge sentenced the Greece woman to eight years in prison. Nguyen pleaded guilty to federal charges back in June, admitting that she provided guns for William Spengler, a convicted felon.

Authorities say two years later, Spengler  was responsible for a Christmas Eve ambush that killed volunteer West Webster firefighters Mike Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka and wounded two others.

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WXXI Local Stories
11:56 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Pittsford Voters Approve Bonding For Athletic Field Improvements

Town of Pittsford residents have voted to approve $6 million in bond financing for the Town’s Community Athletic Fields Improvement project during a town referendum.  The vote was 698 to 538.

The  bond funding will finance the major portion of the estimated $6.3 million cost of improvements to the athletic fields and facilities, playgrounds and other related facilities located at the Town’s Hopkins Park, Great Embankment Park, and Thornell Farm Park, and the construction of new athletic fields at its Willard Road property.

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