Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on August 4, 2022
The man accused of killing officer Anthony Mazurkiewicz and wounding Officer Sino Seng in an ambush style shooting on July 21st has been indicted on 8 charges. 21 year old Kelvin Vickers of Boston is charged with aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder, attempted murder, 2 counts of assault, and 2 counts of criminal possession of a weapon. He is also accused of shooting a 15 year old girl who was in the path of fire in her own home when he shot the police officers. Vickers has a long criminal record, dating back to age 12 when he was accused of assaulting a police officer in his home state of Massachusetts. Vickers had been released from a correctional facility in Boston May 24 after serving time for possession of a weapon.
An investigation is underway after a large portion of the Buffalo River shoreline near the DL&W Station collapsed. According to an NFTA spokesperson, the 12-foot-by-200-foot section of shoreline at the east end of the DL&W Station collapsed around 1:15 a.m. Saturday. The incident did not have an impact on NFTA operations as the area has been closed to the public for several months due to an unrelated project that is in a different area. Barriers and markers are in place. A marine contractor has been retained and an underwater investigation is underway. An estimated cost to repair the shoreline is not available at this time. The United States Coast Guard, the Buffalo District of the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Buffalo are assisting the NFTA.
There are 9000 openings for nurses in New York State and Governor Hochul’s office just announced the first 1000 winners in the Nurses for Our Future scholarship program. The governor had announced that New York was trying to bolster its nursing workforce by helping pay for their education. The Scholarship program is designed to recruit and train healthcare professionals. Hochul plans to increase the healthcare workforce by 20 percent over the next 5 years.
The demolition has begun on the old Cary Hall to the east of the YMCA building to make room for the new Healthy Living program building for Rochester Regional Health and GLOW YMCA. The new 78 thousand square foot facility will serve as a one stop shop for health concerns, chronic illnesses, cancer prevention and community education services. There will also be a childcare drop in center. The construction is set to be completed in 2023, with setting up the infrastructure to start in September.