Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on October 28, 2022
Starting in 2023 anyone committing a crime who is 12 or under will no longer face arrest and prosecution for nearly all crimes, except homicide. While some are calling the new law a victory, others say it just opens doors to more crime. Under the new law, signed by Gov. Kathy Hochul earlier this year, local social services departments will set up what’s known as a differential response program with children who commit crimes. State Sen. Jeremy Cooney of Rochester, a co-sponsor of the bill, said that this will help make sure kids don’t get entrenched in the criminal justice system.
A Brighton High School teacher was arrested last week for charges of possession and transmission of child porn. According to a criminal complaint, Louis Carusone, 44, of Webster, shared a video and images containing child pornography Oct. 10 through an online file-sharing network. An undercover officer downloaded the files, and then downloaded more that were shared Oct. 14-15 from Carusone’s IP address. Investigators executed a search warrant at Carusone’s home Oct. 21 and seized multiple devices, uncovering 11 videos that Carusone appeared to have recorded himself between Aug. 16-Oct. 13. According to prosecutors, Carusone appeared to have recorded minors and adults in public places, including at a waterpark while they were wearing bathing suits. Investigators said they also recovered more than 2,000 images and 21 videos of child pornography. The charges carry a penalty of 5-20 years in prison. Carusone appeared in federal court Thursday and was released on conditions, including electronic monitoring.
Batavia Downs is doing its part to help women dealing with deadly cancers. Western Regional Off Track Betting President and CEO Henry Wojtaszek presented representatives from the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester with a check for $23,605.70 to help those who have been affected by breast or gynecologic cancer. The money was raised during a dinner benefit held on September 16th. Racers, trainers and owners donated, there were raffles and auctions and harness races through the event.
I90 westbound was shut down for several hours Thursday afternoon after a tractor trailer hauling soup crashed into another tractor trailer and then caught fire near Pembroke. The tractor trailer that was hit was traveling slowly on the right shoulder of the highway. Both drivers were able to get out safely with one being transported to the hospital for evaluation. The soup truck quickly became fully involved and burned to a pile of metal as its fuel caught. The fire took several hours to get out. Pembroke and Indian Falls responded.
Batavia Police are looking to the public for help identifying the operator of a dirt bike who was riding in an unsafe manner throughout the city. The individual is pictured in several security photos on the Batavian website and rode their dirt bike on the sidewalks. The bike is bright orange and the rider was wearing a green and purple and white coat and a black backpack. Anyone with information can call Officer Pete Post at 585 345 6350 or the department’s confidential tip line at 585 345 6370.
The Sabres lost their second straight game Thursday night against the Canadiens 3 to 2. In their first home game after a week on the road featuring several victories and a defeat by the Krakens Alex Tuch and Dylan Cozens scored for the Sabres but Montreal got 1 in the last minutes of the game to take the win. The Sabres will be back in action tomorrow night against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Puck drops at 7 p.m.
The Buffalo Bills have unveiled renderings of their new stadium for the first time. From their description: “The exterior stadium image highlights the team’s desire for a visual identity that reflects some of the historical architecture of Buffalo, while also delivering a modern appearance. Featured in the inside bowl rendering is a stacked seating design, which will help to rain crowd noise down onto the playing field. In addition to the stacked seating that will provide protection from the elements, extensive radiant heating will be in place to enhance fan comfort. The Bills are committed to creating an intimate yet intimidating football-first seating bowl that harnesses the energy of the fans.” The renderings are subject to change.