Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on June 2, 2022
The suspected shooter who took the lives of 10 people in a Buffalo TOPs has been officially charged with terrorism and 10 counts of 1st degree murder. The jury decided Wednesday to charge the 18 year old that the charge of terrorism will be domestic terrorism motivated by hate. The suspect has plead not guilty.
Genesee County is waiving fees for civil service exams in a move to try to get more people interested in Police, Sheriff, Fire, Probation and Dispatch service. Since the 20 to 25 dollar exam fee was implemented the number of people signing up to take the exams has fallen. This led Human Resources Director Anita Cleveland to propose dropping the fees from June 1st to December 31st. Not having the fees will cost the county approximately 3000 dollars. After passing the Ways and Means committee, it goes to the county legislature for the final vote.
Buffalo Police have seized 23 ATVs and dirt bikes since Sunday during a special operation to get the off road vehicles off Buffalo’s roads. Riders of these vehicles have been known to run lights and stop signs, drive on sidewalks, and ride across public parks en masse causing damage and endangering pedestrians. Mayor Byron Brown says that “This is not fun and games. This is dangerous.” Brown also says that the city will continue to offer a cash reward for information leading to the confiscation of these vehicles.
After an online ad campaign, billboards and television ads touting his innocence and a possible run for governor. Former Governor Andrew Cuomo has not filed paperwork to run and the deadline is now past. If he had wanted to run he would have needed a 45,000 signature petition to run as an independent candidate. Cuomo could still get on the ballot if his campaign had collected those signatures and put his petitions in the mail. Board of Elections spokesperson Jennifer Wilson says, “If that paperwork was to arrive by Thursday, bearing a postmark dated Tuesday or earlier, it would still count.”
The Oakfield Alabama Hornets are Section 5 Title Winners after beating Notre Dame in a close fought 8 to 7 game. The Section C Class 5 title game was played Tuesday. Bodie Hyde had 2 runs scored for the Hornets. David Schnaufer knocked out 3 runs in one hit and Brayden Smith scored twice.
Rochester’s Seneca Park Zoo has announced the name of the Giraffe baby born at the end of April. Little calf Olmsted was born to Iggy and Parker on April 29th and has been sheltered inside with his mother and father and is now going to be let out for visitors to see. The name Olmsted is meant to honor Frederick Law Olmstead who designed Seneca Park. 2022 marks 200 years since Frederick Olmstead was born.