Afternoon News Brief

Written by on March 19, 2024

The Rochester Police Department scuba team recovered a body from the Highland Park reservoir Tuesday morning.  Officers responded around 8 a.m. after reservoir workers made the discovery during their morning rounds.  Police said the city “immediately bypassed” the reservoir as soon as the body was found and there are no safety issues with drinking water, but the reservoir will need to be drained and tested before returning to use.  The body has not been identified. The investigation into what led to the body ending up in the reservoir continues.

Yet another home hit by gunfire in Rochester.  No one was hurt when someone shot at a home on Monday night.  Around 8:30 p.m., police received calls of gunfire on Lexington Avenue near Tacoma Street.  Police arrived on the scene and found bullet holes in the front of a house.  A 72-year-old woman and 69-year-old man were inside at the time and were not hurt.  No arrests have been made.

The Town of Alexander is looking for a new GOP candidate to fill the seat on the Town Board left vacant by the death of Genesee County Sheriff Deputy Sergeant Sanfratello.  Due to New York State Board of Election laws, the Alexander Republican Committee has to act quickly to submit a replacement.  The Alexander Republican Committee will have a meeting on Thursday, March 21st at 7 p.m. at the Alexander Town Hall to discuss the matter.  Anyone interested in the position should contact Chairperson Barbara Eddie at 585 507 9930.  

Six Flags Darien Lake and Hurricane Harbor are looking to hire over 1,500 seasonal employees for the 2024 season.  Six Flags Darien Lake is set to open for the season on May 17 and positions available include: Lifeguards, Ride Operators, Food & Beverage, Security and more.  Six Flags said most positions are available for those 16 and older, with select opportunities for those 14 and older.  Those interested are encouraged to attend the hiring event on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Six Flags Darien Lake Hotel. You should bring your social security card and a current photo ID with proof of age OR a school ID and birth certificate.  If you’re unable to attend the hiring event, you can also apply online. 

Western New York is now just three weeks out from the total solar eclipse on April 8.  Tourism agencies predict more than half a million people will make their way to the area for the once-in-a-lifetime event.  Due to the amount of visitors expected in the region, the NFTA, AAA and the New York State Thruway Authority have all taken preventative measures to keep travelers safe on the roadways.  The agency’s biggest concern is road etiquette and they have some advice: Drivers are advised not to try watching the solar eclipse while driving, you should drive with your headlights on, this will not only help you but other drivers, do not try to take pictures or video of the eclipse while driving, and plan ahead for where you’re going to watch the eclipse.  The Thruway authority also wants to remind drivers not to stop on the shoulders as this is illegal unless it’s an emergency.  Any cars stopped to look at the eclipse in an unsafe zone will be towed.

Independent Living of the Genesee Region is holding a “Lunch in the Dark” event, with diners eating in a darkened environment to simulate what it is like to live with vision loss.  The menu includes Chicken Parmesan, Baked Ziti, Salad, and Garlic Knots, and a 50/50 Split Drawing and a Basket Raffle are among the fun activities.  The event will be Thursday April 25th at 11:30am in the NYS School for the Blind Gymnasium.  The ticket price is $30 per person, and pre-registration is required.

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