Afternoon News Brief
Written by Doug Thompson on March 23, 2022
The accusations against 40-year-old Melvin Huntley of Wilkinson Road, Batavia, date back to 2012 and continue through 2021 when he was first arrested. The indictment charges Huntley with repeated acts of sexual abuse with four children, all under 17 and some under age 11. Huntley was first charged on July 8 after a Genesee County Sheriff’s Department investigation in regards to one victim. The investigation continued, resulting in more charges filed against Huntley in September involving three more victims; the grand jury then added more counts. These charges are Class A1 felonies punishable by up to 25 years to life in prison. Huntley, who remains in Genesee County Jail, is scheduled to be arraigned today in Genesee County Court.
An Alexander man, already with many charges against him filed by two different police agencies, now faces a new charge. 27-year-old Anthony Micucci attempted to run away from the police during an escort to Pembroke Town Court. This is considered a Class E felony and punishable by up to 4 years in prison. Previous violations include contempt of court, repeatedly violating orders of protection as well as stalking. He was released after arraignment and is to appear at a later date in Town Court.
The Le Roy Board of Education has unanimously approved Dr. David Russell as the new Jr/Sr High School Principal. He is currently the assistant principal at the Cosgrove Middle School in Spencerport, a position he has held since 2019. Previously he was the principal of the Western Wayne Summer Academy, a Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES program. Dr. Russell was also previously a special education teacher at Sodus Central School District and the True North Rochester Preparatory Charter School. Dr. Russell officially starts on Monday, April 25.
Governor Hochul is warning residents about scams and cyber security threats because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The state’s Division of Consumer Protection is aware of bogus requests for charitable relief money. Hochul advises folks to donate to verified organizations that use the money to help Ukrainians. She’s also reminding residents to be on alert when sharing personal information online and be cautious with information sharing on social media.
Rochester Regional Health in partnership with Orleans Community Health has opened a new cardiology clinic in Medina. Leading the clinic is Dr. Harry McCrea, a cardiologist with the Sands-Constellation Heart Institute in Brighton. The new clinic is located inside Medina Memorial Hospital. It offers diagnostic testing and referrals for procedures within the Sands-Constellation Heart Institute. Patients who want to visit the clinic should contact their primary care provider first, for a referral. The clinic will serve patients in Orleans and surrounding counties.
Officials at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester have announced plans for a massive expansion project at the facility. The goal is to significantly increase the size of the emergency department and add more private rooms for patients. A new patient bed tower will also be built west of the hospital’s main entrance while the tower that’s currently in place will be renovated. The hope is that the full project will be complete by the end of 2027.
Following a long road trip, the Buffalo Sabres will be back on home ice tonight as they look to extend their winning streak to three games. The Sabres are hosting Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins at KeyBank Center. Buffalo is coming off of a 3-2 overtime win against the Vancouver Canucks Sunday. Face-off for this evening’s game is scheduled for 7:30.
Dogs biting or chasing mail carriers is more than just a cliché and the U.S. Postal Service needs your help. Here are some tips for keeping your pet and mail carriers safe: Keep your dog in a separate room with the door closed when packages are being delivered; remind children and other family members not to take mail directly from carriers in the presence of the family pet. The dog may view the carrier handing mail to a family member as a threatening gesture. And if a carrier feels threatened by a dog, or if a dog is unleashed, the owner may be asked to pick up mail at a Post Office or other facility until the carrier is assured the pet has been restrained.
It’s that time of year again, time for spring-cleaning. And before throwing anything away, keep in mind that the 2nd Annual Yard Sale for Habitat for Humanity is coming up and they welcome any and all of your donations. Anything from clothes to furniture may be dropped off at 150 State Street and they’ll even come and pick things up for you. The yard sale is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 21st and 22nd from 10-4. If you’d like to find out more about the event or making donations, please call 585-356-4867 or email the organizer of the event at email@example.com