Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on January 5, 2023
Police in Rochester are investigating after shots were fired at the Franklin Educational Campus Thursday morning. According to police an altercation on Hudson Avenue between a 16-year-old student and the gunman spilled out in front of the school on Norton Street around 8:30 a.m. The student ran toward school while the suspect allegedly got out of a car and fired a gun on school grounds toward the teen, sending him and other students running for safety. The suspect fled after the student ran inside the school. The student was not hit by gunfire. No one was injured. The school was placed on lockout as a precaution. All exterior doors were secured and monitored. Classes continued as normal. Police will be on campus during dismissal and arrival the rest of the week.
Doctors caring for Bills player Damar Hamlin are saying he is making remarkable improvement. They said that he is communicating with them via pen and paper and has fully neurological function. They say the cardiac arrest damaged his lungs which is why he isn’t talking. The first thing he communicated when he woke up? “Did we win?”
The Blizzard over Christmas Weekend hit the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park hard. The Life Netting that goes around the ships was damaged. The Sullivans took on about 30 inches of water. The Connecting stairway that runs from the Sullivans to the Little Rock was blown into the water but was retrieved. While many faced different damages during the blizzard, the President of the Naval Park says they’ll meet with their insurance investigator this coming Saturday to discuss the estimated damage cost. The ships may need to be moved to dry dock as the storm only made the issues the Sullivans was already dealing with worse.
The Bills and Bengals won’t be finishing their Week 17 game. The NFL announced Thursday that the game has officially been canceled and ruled a no-contest. The decision brings forward a number of different playoff scenarios as both teams were battling for the top seed in the AFC. Should the Bills and Chiefs both win this weekend and later meet in the AFC Championship game, the game will be played at a neutral site. The same scenario will occur if both those teams lose in Week 18 and the Bengals win. Then if either of those three teams meet in the AFC Championship game, the game will be played at a neutral site.
Millions of dollars flowed into Damar Hamlin’s charity in his hometown in Pennsylvania after his heart attack on Monday. The large amounts of money brought scammers like moths to a flame. The Better Business Bureaus of Upstate New York and Western Pennsylvania are warning fans to look out for fake or fraudulent crowdfunding campaigns. They are issuing tips to make sure you don’t give money to a fraudulent cause. They warn that not all crowdfunding sites are the same and some don’t vet their causes. Give.org has information on how to choose who to give to.
Tage Thompson, forward for the Buffalo Sabres has been selected for the NHL All Star Game for the first time in his career. Thompson has scored 55 points and 30 goals so far in 36 games played during the 2022-2023 season. Thompson’s 30 goals are the second-most in the league, only after Oilers center, Connor McDavid, with 33. The All Star Game will be on February 4th at the FLA Live Arena. The Sabres will be hosting the Minnesota Wild at 7pm on Saturday evening.