• UR remembers Jeffrey Bordeaux Jr. with 5K run

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    Jeffrey Bordeaux 5K Run

    Athletes from the UR track and field team cheer for a participant in the 5K run for late student Jeffrey Bordeaux Jr. The run is intended to raise funds for a campus memorial.

    Jeffrey Bordeaux Jr., a University of Rochester student who lost his life during a fight at a campus fraternity party in January, was remembered Wednesday with a student-sponsored 5K run/walk.

    More than 300 people gathered to take part in the event that began and ended at Wilson Commons.

    “No one walks away a winner when violence strikes our community — no one,” Matthew Burns, UR Dean of Students, told the crowd before the race began. “Tragedy struck our community on January 15th, and since then, we all in our own ways have been trying to heal the pain that violence caused.

    “This student-sponsored 5K run/walk represents a part of that effort to heal, in that it recognizes the true loss to our community of an individual who before January 15th held great promise.”

    Bordeaux’s father, Jeffrey Bordeaux Sr., also took part in the event.

    “It is my understanding that the students wanted to do this. That just speaks volumes about them, about the character of most of the students here on this campus, and the kind of person Jeff really was,” he said. “Obviously, he touched a lot of people, had a lot of friends, and this just speaks volumes about these kids.”

    Many race participants wore socks in the school colors of yellow and black, with Bordeaux Jr.’s name woven vertically from top to bottom.

    Students Robert Valdovinos and Marissa Balonon-Rosen, the main event organizers, met with school administrators and school clubs to raise support for the event.

    The run/walk raised funds to plant a tree that is native to China and install at least one bench as a permanent memorial for Bordeaux Jr.

    “He was going to study abroad in China, so we want to have something that meant a lot to him,” Valdovinos said.

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  • Mad Mondays (Friends of SOTA Alumni)

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  • Police Continue to Investigate Sanders St. Shooting

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    Rochester Police are still searching for a suspect in connection with a shooting that happened on Sanders Street Tuesday evening.

    Officers responded to the report of a male shot in the area of 1407 Clifford Avenue around 8:30 p.m.

    Following a conversation with the victim, 17-year-old Amier Arjam, police determined that the suspect fired several rounds from a handgun in the Sanders Street area.

    According to police, Arjam was hit in the right forearm and transported to Strong Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

    Police said they do not have any suspects in custody and the investigation is continuing.

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  • ULR 32nd Annual Salute to Black Scholars Recognition Dinner

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  • Woman accused of slashing man on bus

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    RTS Bus StopA woman was apprehended after a knife attack on a city bus Tuesday afternoon. “The female pulled out a knife and began slashing the male about the head and face, causing several cuts,” Rochester Police Department spokesman Stephen Scott said in a news release. The attacker and the victim, who police did not identify, are in their 20s.

    The male is being treated at Strong Hospital for non-life threatening wounds, police said. The woman is facing second-degree assault charges.


  • Mother’s Day Jam! May 6, 2011

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  • Police investigate stabbing in city

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    A 39-year-old man was stabbed in the lower body on Myrtle Street about 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The man, whose name was not released, was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital with wounds that did not appear to be life-threatening, said Rochester police Capt. John Koonmen.

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  • Teen pleads not guilty in stabbing

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    RTS Bus StopA Rochester teen accused of stabbing a classmate last week at a city bus stop pleaded not guilty Thursday in City Court.

    Belwin Carrasquillo, 16, of Bloomingdale Street was charged Wednesday with second-degree assault, a felony, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor, according to City Court records.

    Court papers allege that Carrasquillo slashed a 16-year-old male in the back during an argument at a bus stop at St. Paul and East Main streets about 9 a.m. April 12.

    Both teens told police they attend Monroe High School. After the stabbing, the injured teen took the bus to school then went to the school nurse for medical advice. He was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, where he received three staples to close the wound, and was released, according to court records.

    The victim told police that Carrasquillo had an ongoing dispute with some of his friends, according to court documents.


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  • Shot girl, 11, leaves hospital Thursday evening

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    Jomaira Rodriguez

    Jomaira Rodriguez of Schenectady is “doing a lot better than she was,” says her family. / Photo courtesy 13WHAM TV

    An 11-year-old girl who was shot in the face on Norton Street Wednesday is scared but happy to be able to walk away from the shooting.

    Shooting victim Jomaira Rodriguez, of Schenectady, was talking Thursday, and laughter filled her room as family and friends gathered at her bedside as she recovered at Strong Memorial Hospital.

    “We are happy because things are going very well,” said Selma Martinez, her nanny and a family friend. “She is able to talk. She is doing a lot better than she was. She is real alert.”

    Jomaira, a sixth-grader at Mont Pleasant Middle School, was one of six occupants, and in the back seat of a car traveling westbound on Norton Street in Rochester about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday when an unknown gunman opened fire, shattering the car’s rear windshield and hitting her in the left cheek.

    The gunman fired a handgun several times on Norton Street before fleeing on foot, police said.

    One of those bullets wound up lodged in Jomaira’s cheek bone and behind her nose.

    She had a bullet fragment removed from her face Wednesday.

    “She never gave up on anything. She is scared but she is not upset,” Martinez said.

    Jomaira was released from the hospital Thursday evening, Martinez said.

    Jomaira was visiting family members in Rochester this week and was traveling from one relative’s house to another’s when she was shot.

    Five other family members — her uncle, two brothers, a sister and her father — also were in the car but were not injured, Martinez said.

    Rochester Police Officer Stephen Scott said police have determined that the car was not the shooter’s intended target, but it was not clear who or what the shooter was aiming to hit.

    Police are continuing to search for the shooter.




    Includes reporting by staff writer Victoria E. Freile.

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  • Man accused of hitting 2 clerks with bricks, robbing 2 stores

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    Derrick Huntley, 22, of Vienna Street was charged yesterday with two counts each of first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and fourth-degree grand larceny

    A Rochester man accused of robbing two city markets in the last week has pleaded not guilty in City Court.

    Derrick Huntley, 22, of Vienna Street was charged yesterday with two counts each of first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and fourth-degree grand larceny, all felonies.

    Huntley is accused of robbing the Hudson Best Mini Mart on Hudson Avenue, near Weaver Street, and hitting a store employee on the head with a brick believed to be wrapped in plastic, Scott said. Officers

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