Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on July 28, 2022
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer announced a Federal Semiconductor Incentive, Scientific Research and Technological Competitiveness bill to bring manufacturing back from overseas. The CHIPS bill sets about 60 billion dollars on the table to incentivize semiconductor chip manufacturers to build in the US. Schumer says that the Western NY STAMP technology park in the town of Alabama will be a great place for these companies to go. The reason for this bill is there is a semiconductor shortage plus most high end semiconductors are manufactured in Taiwan which is being threatened by China. China has threatened to invade the island nation and cut off the west from semiconductors. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is planning a visit to Taiwan and China says if she does there will be dire consequences.
A grand jury in Monroe County has indicted the man accused of shooting and killing Officer Anthony Mazurkiewics and wounding Officer Sino Seng last Friday. 21 year old Boston resident Kelvin Vickers is accused of second degree murder and second degree attempted murder. Mazurkiewicz, 54, was a 29-year veteran of the Rochester Police Department.
A man from Gates was arrested for making terrorist threats against his former high school Wednesday. 24 year old Jonathan Jordain posted on Facebook that he was planning to shoot up his high school on Wednesday. Police were alerted and Gates Chili High School was put on lockdown. Jordain was arrested shortly after on Main Street in Rochester. He says he was just quoting rap lyrics. Jordain is being held in Monroe County Jail charged with felony making a terroristic threat. In 2015, 13WHAM news reported a Gates Chili student by the same name was arrested for breaking into the high school, armed with a knife. He had also allegedly tweeted about killing students and teachers. Neither the police chief nor the superintendent could confirm on Wednesday whether it is the same Jonathan Jordain.
The director of Emergency Communications for the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has resigned his position. Steven Sharpe has been with the Sheriff’s Office for a long time. In 2016, Sharpe, an Air Force veteran, was named Public Safety Access Point Finest Director of the Year award. Sharpe was instrumental in migrating the Emergency Dispatch Center to the Phase II P-25 TDMA radio system installed by Harris RF in 2013. His resignation is effective September 3rd and Sheriff Sheron says “Search for his replacement will begin shortly,” and “There will be no interruption to dispatch services.”
Catholic Charities has received a $65,000 grant from the Muriel H. Marshall Fund for the Aging of Rochester Area Community Foundation to continue to support Genesee County residents through its Home Visitation Program, which provides weekly visits to homebound adults 60+ who live independently or with family. The purpose of the program is to bring a sense of connectivity and friendship to program members. Volunteers engage in friendly conversation, partake in hobbies and special interests such as reading, crafts, baking or card games. Visits also may include phone calls. This grant is for a one-year period. Even with the grant the program needs volunteers to visit. For more information and if interested in participating or becoming a volunteer, please call the Batavia office at 585-343-0614.