• 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]
  • Red Cross helping two adults after Cottage Street fire

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    Greater Rochester Red Cross is a proud sponsor of Roc The Peace

    The American Red Cross is providing housing to two adults left homeless after a fire late Saturday on the city’s southwest area.

    The fire at 376 Cottage St. was reported just before 10 p.m. and firefighters had it under control in about 13 minutes, said Battalion 2 Chief Dennis Prevost

    The fire started on the second floor of the large 2 ½ –story house, but a cause has not been determined, Prevost said. The investigation is continuing.

    Most of the damage was on the second floor, with some smoke damage to the attic. Nobody was hurt, Prevost said.

    Greater Rochester Red Cross is an official sponsor of Roc The Peace.

    [Provided by Democrat & Chronicle]
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  • Sirena Cotton interviews on Minority Reporter’s “Perspectives”

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    Sirena Cotton interviews on Perspectives, a talk show created by the Minority Reporter Media Group

    Did you catch Minority Reporter’s Perspectives recently? Our Founder, Sirena Cotton along with Cassandra Singleton speak up against violence in Rochester. Press play below to learn more about our initiative to help victims of violence.











  • Rochester teen pistol-whipped in Portland Ave. assault

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    Rochester police officers investigate an assault and robbery that included a pistol-whipping on Portland Avenue late last night. / CHAD ROBERTS Democrat & Chronicle staff photographer

    A 17-year-old Rochester youth was hospitalized late last night following an assault and robbery on Portland Avenue.

    Capt. John Koonmen of the Rochester Police Department said officers found the male teen lying on the sidewalk in front of 845 Portland Ave. at about 10:50 p.m., near where Portland intersects with Lux Street on the city’s northeast side.

    Koonmen said that investigators believe that two suspects were involved in the assault, in which the teen was pistol-whipped.


    The teen was being treated for his injuries at Rochester General Hospital.

    Koonmen said the teen was also robbed during the incident.

    Following the assault and robbery, Koonmen said the same two people suspected in the assault apparently fired a gun across Portland Avenue, striking a building across the road. There were no injuries.

    Koonmen said the incident remains under investigation.


  • 3 charged with keeping man tied up for 2 days, assaulting him

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    From left, Luz Correa, Welbert Lebron and Michael Solano. / Provided by Rochester Police Department

    Two men and a woman appeared in Rochester City Court this morning for a preliminary hearing on charges of kidnapping, robbing and assaulting a 22-year-old man.

    Rochester Police found the victim on Friday, tied hand and foot to bed posts in a bedroom at 118 Huntington Park, where the three suspects reside. The victim told police he had been there for two days.

    Welbert Lebron, 33, Michael Solano, 35, and Luz Correa, 37, each were charged Friday with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery and second-degree assault, police said. They were arraigned in City Court on Saturday.

    The three also were charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after 33 bags of heroin were found at the residence.

    The victim told police that he had gone to visit a friend in the Huntington Park neighborhood when he was hit on the head from behind. He woke up in the basement at 118 Huntington Park and was dragged upstairs, where he was bound and blindfolded.

    The victim, who said he does not know the trio, said he gave them his jewelry and cash after they hit him with hard objects and threatened to use a knife. He also told police that he was burned with a spatula and had a television thrown on his head, according to court documents. The man was treated at Rochester General Hospital for cuts, bruises and dehydration.

    The victim said the suspects demanded that they provide phone numbers of his friends, and they tried to get $5,000 in ransom, according to court documents.

    Police said someone called an officer to tell him the crime was occurring. Police forced their way into the house and arrested the trio without incident.

  • Lightfoot, Chief Hold Neighborhood Meeting on Cop Issues

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    Rochester's police chief caught an earful Monday, from people living in one of Rochester's tougher neighborhoods

    Rochester’s police chief caught an earful Monday, from people living in one of Rochester’s tougher neighborhoods. The loudest complaints — and a willingness to find solutions — came from a Monroe County lawmaker who’s dealing with his own troubles with the law.

    When police chief Jim Sheppard wanted to hear what people in the Jefferson Avenue neighborhood were thinking, he went to the barber shop. One owned by county legislator, and city firefighter, Willie Lightfoot.

    “We’ve lost some rapport that we’re hoping to rebuild,” said Lightfoot.

    The conversation was frank.

    “My only dealing with the police is negative, not positive,” said one woman.

    “When they show up, they’re coming to arrest people,” said Ricardo Adams, a longtime resident of the neighborhood.

    Sheppard heard complaints from many of those in attendance, regarding how police interact with the community.

    “Right now, people in the community are just as scared of the police as they are the hustlers out there,” said Adams. “It shouldn’t be like that.”

    Sheppard assured attendees that his top priority is to see a smooth relationship between his cops and the community.

    “For the people out there being disruptive and violent, we have to address those issues,” said Sheppard. “We’re going to be the police and take care of business. But we also have to make the people living in the neighborhoods who are on our side, let them know we’re on their side, that we got their back.”

    Lightfoot recently had his own run-in with city cops, who charged him last month with drunk driving, obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct. Lightfoot drove up on an investigation near his shop, and tried to intervene.

    His court case is still pending.

    Lightfoot, Chief Hold Neighborhood Meeting on Cop Issues


    “There’s some things I could have done differently — not getting upset by what I heard,” he said. “But there’s things the police could have done differently.”

    “When the police come around, I don’t feel friendly. I don’t feel like we’re on the same team,” said Lightfoot.

    Lightfoot and Sheppard both say the gathering at the lawmaker’s barber shop was organized months ago, before the May incident.

    I was aware of the circumstance with Willie. That will go through its process. He’s entitled to due process and it will end up where it will end up,” said Sheppard. “The fact of the matter is, he’s concerned about this community, he has been for a number of years and I think working together, we can make good things happen.”

    Sheppard says he hopes to have many more similar meetings with city residents. The chief was asked whether he thought some people’s perception of the Rochester Police Department is, in fact, reality.

    “I think in terms of perception, that is that person’s reality,” said Sheppard.

    That, says the chief, is what he hopes most to change. To get rid of the “us versus them” perception. Before leaving, Sheppard sat in a barber chair himself, receiving a shave from Lightfoot to the chief’s bald head.

    “That is my goal, to get more engaged, more involved,” said the chief.

    “I commend him for that effort, but it needs to go somewhere,” said Adams, who suggested police should walk the beat more in troubled neighborhoods, getting to know residents.

    If the chief wants a sense of how it’s all going in the neighborhood, he knows where he can go to find out.

    [Courtesy of ynn.com – Video also available]
  • 9 arrests made in fights that forced police to close Lake Ontario Beach Park

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    Lawanda Moses / Photo provided by Monroe County Sheriff's Office

    Lawanda Moses / Photo provided by Monroe County Sheriff's Office

    At least nine people were arrested after participating in a fight which forced police to shut down Lake Ontario Beach Park Monday night.
    [Click to watch news clip on WHAM Channel 13]

    Monroe County Sheriff’s officials said several large fights involving as many as 200 people started about 6:30 p.m. in several areas of the park. Deputies and members of the Rochester and Greece police departments moved in to break up the fights and to move people out of the area.

    As the crowds left, fights broke out along Lake Avenue and in several nearby neighborhoods, police said.

    There were multiple arrests and one deputy suffered a minor injury. It is unclear if any of the people involved in the fight were injured.

    At least five people were charged by Rochester police with disorderly conduct. Their names were not immediately available.

    Those charged by deputies include:

    • Erica Blake, 31, of Burrows Street; charged with second-degree assault, for allegedly scratching Deputy Shawn Edwards in the face. The charge is a felony.
    • Lawanda Moses, 20, of Electric Avenue, Rochester; charged with disorderly conduct.
    • Donovan Shaw, 19, of Battle Green Drive, Chili; charged with disorderly conduct.
    • Jason Love, 21, of State Street, Rochester; charged with disorderly conduct. Disorderly conduct is a violation.

    One other person is expected to be arrested, according to deputies.

    [Provided by Democrat & Chronicle and WHAM Channel 13 ]


      Erika Blake / Photo provided by Monroe County Sheriff's Office

      Erika Blake / Photo provided by Monroe County Sheriff's Office



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