Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on October 27, 2023
One person is dead and two others have been hurt following a shooting on Interstate 190 in Buffalo. The victims were City of Buffalo Sewer Authority workers who had just finished up a job yesterday when gunfire erupted from another vehicle I-190 south near the Peace Bridge. The two people who survived were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Police don’t have a motive for the shooting but believe this was an isolated incident and there’s no threat to the public.
Eight women filed lawsuits against the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday alleging sexual abuse by corrections officers while in custody. The abuse in the eight separate suits is alleged to have occurred at both the Erie County Correctional Facility and Erie County Holding Center, with dates ranging from 1996 through 2018. The lawsuits are part of the Adult Survivors Act, which created a one-year lookback window for survivors of sexual assault that occurred when they were over the age of 18 to sue their abusers regardless of when it occurred. A spokesperson for the Erie County Attorney’s Office said they have not yet seen the lawsuits. The sheriff’s office declined comment.
Pembroke voters approved an ambitious plan for a school district capital project on Tuesday. Both propositions passed but not without some dispute. The votes for the 37.5 million dollar improvement project to the school came in at 356 yes and 130 no for the major project and 269 yes and 208 no for the more minor improvements. The vote means that Pembroke will move forward with getting new lighting for the auditorium, renovating the band room, renovating the pool, gymnasium, hallways, locker rooms and fitness center, regrade the baseball field and put in proper drainage. Build new bleachers. Repave the parking lot and circle. Add blue lights to the campus. Replace the pa system and phone system. And upgrade office equipment. This will also update the elementary school playground and update the gym to have a new scoreboard and the bleachers so spectators don’t have their feet on the court during games.
The Rochester Police Department has issued a warning about an ongoing scam. They say people are posting apartments for rent on sites like Craigslist that the scammers have no connection to. Those scammers claim to be out of town and only offer to give people keys to the apartment once they have received money. Police say it’s best to only meet prospective landlords in-person.
Hyundai is looking to help customers avoid auto thieves by offering free anti-theft software installation clinic in five American cities, including Rochester. Eligible owners can take their vehicle to a mobile clinic Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17-18. The software takes less than 30 minutes to install. Hyundai said it will reach out to impacted drivers with further information on where to go and how to enroll.
The Buffalo Bills are back to their winning ways after picking up a much-needed victory at home. Bills quarterback Josh Allen threw two touchdown passes and rushed for another score as Buffalo defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24 to 18 at Highmark Stadium last night. Gabe Davis and Dalton Kincaid had receiving touchdowns for the Bills whose record this season is now five wins and three losses. Buffalo’s next game is against the Cincinnati Bengals November 5th.