Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on September 21, 2022
The Compasscare in Amherst that was partially destroyed in June in what was alleged to be a pro abortion group, Jane’s Revenge, response to the upcoming overturning of Roe V Wade, is suing the Amherst police department to get it’s surveillance video back. CompassCare President and CEO James Harden says they want the surveillance video back now so they can do their own investigation. He says, “It’s been 105 days. The FBI refuses to communicate with the public. The public deserves to know what’s going on. There have been no arrests at any of the organizations that have been attacked…..all pro-life organizations. No arrests have been made. That’s a big question mark.” There have been over 100 pro life health clinics, churches and stores attacked since early May of this year and the Thomas Moore Society says it is concerning how very little has been done to bring anyone to justice. Meanwhile a Planned Parenthood was vandalized in Colorado and the perpetrator was caught within days. Harden says they filed with the state supreme court to get their property back after requesting a copy of the surveillance video numerous times. He says, “They wouldn’t even let us view our own video surveillance.”
Around 1:30 pm on Tuesday Batavia Fire responded to a fire at Dr Frias’ dentist office at 101 Washington Ave. The office was closed but Dr Frias was stopping by when he saw smoke and called 911. The smoke and fire were coming from the reception area. Fire Chief Herberger talks about where the fire was fought and the damage to the building.
The family of Daniel Prude, the man who died in police custody in March of 2020 in Rochester and whose death led to allegations of coverup and riots and protests, is pushing for a new law to be introduced in New York. Daniel’s Law will make it so mental health professionals will respond to drug abuse and mental health calls instead of law enforcement. They are also hoping to implement a community responder team or CRT. The CRT would be composed of one peer, one licensed clinician and one medic. Several communities across New York State are pushing for the new law. Cities like Rochester, Brooklyn, Albany and Buffalo have all joined in calling for the new law.
New York made a lot of hand sanitizer during the COVID pandemic and much of it has sat unused in warehouses and on runways for the last 2 years. More than 700,000 gallons of the prison made sanitizer is coming to Rochester to be disposed of. It is going to be distilled by Kodak for use in manufacturing. It cost the state 4.3 million dollars to make and will cost 2 million to be processed. The sanitizer has been sitting on an old airport tarmac in Oriskany, just outside Utica. It’s expected to arrive at the Eastman Business Park this week.
Dr Christopher Kerr, hospice physician and end of life researcher, will be holding a speaking event to talk about his book, “Death is but a Dream,” on Thursday at 6:30 at the First Presbyterian Church. He will talk about the ways the process of dying can also be healing. Kerr studied 1500 people who were at the end of their life and both how they responded to their imminent passing and what they needed from family and care workers who attended them. He also will be showing videos of people in his study who talked of being visited in dreams by deceased loved ones, acquaintances, and even pets.
Apple picking season has started early this year and the peak is already upon us. Becker Farms CEO Melinda Vizcarra says the season is about 10 days early. New York is the 2nd largest apple producing state in the US with 29.5 million bushels of apples picked annually and more than 600 growers. Orchard owners are urging people to get out to pick now before the choice picks are gone.
Buffalo Bill’s Offensive Lineman Bobby Hart will be suspended for one game without pay. This comes after Monday night’s game against the Titans, where the league claims Hart committed violations of unsportsmanlike conduct. In the statement issued, NFL Vice President of Football Operations, Jon Runyan explains Hart approached a Tennessee player in the tunnel attempting to throw a punch but instead hit a Titans coach. Hart will be eligible to return Monday, September 26, following the Bills game in Miami.