• Rochester teen fatally stabbed during overnight

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    An 18-year-old man was fatally stabbed during the overnight on Rochester’s north side.

    The man, whose name has not been released, was found on the sidewalk at the corner of Hudson Avenue and Avenue D about 12 a.m. morning, said Rochester Police Lt. Frank Alberti.

    The man was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead, Alberti said. No arrest has been made and no further information was available.

    It was the second fatal stabbing in the Rochester in less than 24 hours. About 1:50 a.m. Saturday, a 31-year-old man was found stabbed on Post Avenue. He died about 2:30 a.m. Saturday at Strong.

    A 30-year-old woman is in custody in relation to that incident, Rochester Police said.

    [Provided by Democrat & Chronicle]
  • Rochester march promotes message of peace

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    From left, Nytazia Brooks, Taje McGee and Majahzi Jacque, all of Rochester, encourage motorists to honk for peace during Thursday’s youth march.

    In an event designed to coincide with the start of school summer vacation, more than 200 youths and adults marched along Genesee Street on Thursday to promote a safe summer.

    Teen Empowerment’s Southwest Youth Peace March and Celebration kicked off at the bus loop in front of Wilson Magnet High School Foundation Academy and made its way to the Flint Street Community Center, where kids were treated to music, food and numerous recreational activities.

    “It’s Time to Change the Game … Peace!” was the theme and message promoted.

    Doug Ackley, director of Teen Empowerment of Rochester, said the event made tangible the desires of many youths in the area.

    “Part of it’s about people, part of it’s people trying to figure out how to deal with conflict, and another part of it is youths being able to speak out, kind of take back and own their community, and speak out for what they need,” Ackley said.

    He added that that peace — as in peace of mind — comes with better housing, justice, jobs and people being able to live decently.


    “So many people are struggling. We have to find a way to be peaceful as a community.”

    With music, food, games, pony rides and basketball, Thursday’s event aimed to be a step in the right direction.

    Ackley is also hopeful the theme underscores a tipping point — the point where community members collectively say enough is enough.

    That’s exactly what 19th Ward parent Kiniesha Randle, 20, said is needed in the area.

    “We need more youth activities and more organizations to get youths off the street,” Randle said.

    Randle, who brought her 3-year-old daughter Kamiyah to the event, said it provided a much-needed change of pace.

    “In this area in general there’s a lot of violence, a lot of crime, a lot of shooting,” she said. “Being a mother with a young child, it is scary to go outside, walk down the street or take your baby to the park or for a walk without fearing that maybe a fight may break out, a shooting or something like that.

    “That’s why I’m here to send the message that we want peace in our community,” Randle said. “We want peace in our neighborhood. We want to be able to walk places without fearing being harmed.”

    The event was made possible through a collaboration involving the city of Rochester, the Southwest Area Neighborhood Association, Pathways for Peace, Boys and Girls Clubs of Rochester, and Wilson Foundation Academy.


  • A letter to city officials… from YOU!

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    Change requires us to voice our opinions to the city. And they're ready to listen.

    Our festival on July 23rd is all about impeding violence in Rochester, New York. But where do we start?
    Roc The Peace is a grass-roots effort to open up more dialog between you and  and influential decision makers in public office. Many of us have great ideas that never reach the ears of Mayor Thomas S. Richards or Chief James Sheppard of the Rochester Police Department. These are individuals who have a vested interest in viewing Rochester as a place that is “Made For Living”. And they will be speaking at Roc The Peace this year.

    If there was one idea or question you could ask, what would it be?
    We’re going to compile a list of the most popular questions and most innovative ideas and present them to our festival speakers. They will have an opportunity to address your issues live and on stage on July 23, 2011. Feel free to comment below. Or ask us on Twitter at @rocthepeace.

  • Man shot on West Main Street this morning

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    One man was shot during an altercation in front of a gas station/convenience story on West Main Street at 3:17 this morning. / Democrat & Chronicle

    A 20-year-old man drove himself to Strong Memorial Hospital after being shot on West Main Street shortly after 3:15 this morning in Rochester.

    Capt. John Koonmen of the Rochester Police Department said that officers were responding to a report of shots fired in the area of 567 West Main St. when an officer at Strong, working on another incident, reported that a man had arrived at the hospital with a gunshot wound.

    Koonmen said police investigators believe an altercation occurred in front of a convenience store on West Main St. when one of the men in the altercation produced a handgun and fired several rounds.

    The injured man, whose name was not released by police, was being treated for at least one gunshot wound, that to his upper body.

    Koonmen said that the investigation into the shooting continues.

    [Provided by Democrat & Chronicle]


  • Rochester man shot on Thurston Road

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    A 19-year-old Rochester man was shot early Sunday on Thurston Road.

    The victim, whose name has not been released, went to a nearby home to ask for help, said Rochester police Lt. Frank Alberti.

    The man was shot at least once in the upper body. He was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital. His injuries were not considered life-threatening, Alberti said.

    Nobody has been arrested in the case.


  • Rochester Resident Shot at His Home

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    Rochester police responded to a shooting at the victim’s home early Monday morning.

    It happened in the one hundred block of Avenue B just before 2 a.m.

    When police arrived they found a 37-year-old man near a doorway toward the back of the home. Investigators said the victim had at least one gunshot wound to the torso.

    “We don’t have anybody in custody. We do have a pretty vague description that we are working with and we’re talking with the people in the neighborhood to see if anybody can confirm and point us in the right direction as to what happened here,” said Rochester Police Captain John Koonmen.

    The victim went to Strong Hospital for treatment. Police have not yet released the man’s name.

    [Provided by YNN]
  • Today’s auditions were nothing short of being AWESOME!

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    Today was a big day for us at Roc The Peace. Courtesy of S & T Lounge on 328 North Avenue, we auditioned some of the finest talent Rochester has to offer! We are thankful for our volunteers, judges and our videographer, Martin Coker, for doing a great job keeping things organized. We are also very thankful for our finalists for being prompt and professional.

    We will be sending out letters to our finalists in a few days. Our official line up will be announced in the upcoming weeks. In the meantime, we ask that you help us stand up against violence by following us on Twitter at @rocthepeace, and sharing any page or article on our website, rocthepeace.com.


  • City girl charged with stabbing another girl in face, eye

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    A Rochester teen accused of stabbing another girl in the face yesterday pleaded not guilty today in City Court.

    Elizabeth Jackson, 16, of Rugraff Street, was charged yesterday with first-degree assault, a felony, according to City Court documents. She is accused of walking up to a 16-year-old Rochester girl and stabbing her several times in the face and near her right eye.

    The incident occurred on a sidewalk near a store on Roycroft Drive about 9:15 p.m. yesterday. Several teenage girls walking with the victim witnessed the attack. After the stabbing, she apparently backed away and ran to a friend’s house.

    According to court records and the witnesses, the girls knew each other.

    The injured girl was taken to Rochester General Hospital and according to court records, will need to have surgery to reconstruct her eye.

    Jackson today was remanded to the Monroe County Jail in lieu of $8,000 cash bail or $24,000 bond. She is scheduled to return to court for her preliminary hearing at 11 a.m. Monday

    [Provided by Democrat & Chronicle]
  • City man accused of robbing teen at knifepoint

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    A Rochester man accused of robbing a city teen walking to school last week pleaded not guilty today in City Court.

    Joshua D. Owens, 20, of Eighth Street was charged yesterday with first-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny, both felonies, according to City Court records.

    Owens was accused of pulling a knife on a 17-year-old Rochester boy as the teen was walking on Bay Street about 7:15 a.m. June 7. Court documents allege that Owens ran up to the teen, grabbed his hands and held him while holding a knife to the teen. Owens was accused of stealing the teen’s wallet and cellular phone.

    In his statement to police, Owens denied stealing the phone. He said the teen traded the phone for a bag of marijuana.

    Owens today was remanded to the Monroe County Jail without bail. He is scheduled to return to City Court for a preliminary hearing at 11 a.m. Friday.

    [Provided by Democrat & Chronicle]
  • Police Take to the Diamond for a Good Cause

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    Rochester Police Department take to the diamond

    Officers put on different uniforms to take a swing for the dream factory.

    Police officers went head to head on the diamond to help a non-profit group that grants wishes to chronically and terminally ill children.

    Local law enforcement agencies held a softball game at Frontier Field.

    For $5 a ticket people came out to see the boys in blue put on different uniforms to take a swing for the dream factory.

    “This has generated a lot of fun,” said ITALEO President Sharon Rivaldo. “So it’s anybody’s ball game and because it’s for charity, it doesn’t matter who wins today. It’s just brought everyone together for the first time.”

    Organizers hope this game will become an annual event.

    [Provided by YNN]
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