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Written by on November 17, 2023

A trooper shot and killed a 17-year-old boy during an investigation Wednesday night in Ontario County, New York State Police confirmed Thursday morning.  The trooper responded to a home on State Route 64 around 6:40 p.m. to investigate an anonymous tip received by the Department of Homeland Security alleging someone at the home was talking about killing someone.  Police said the trooper began to interview the 17-year-old on a side porch, but the teen immediately pulled a knife and lunged toward the trooper, causing both of them to fall to the ground.  The suspect allegedly charged at the trooper with the knife in his hand, prompting the trooper to shoot the suspect.  The New York State Attorney General’s Office is investigating the incident.

Police are searching for suspects in a violent robbery on Rochester’s northwest side.  Just before 6 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to a store front in the 1100 block of North Goodman Street for the report of a robbery with gunshots heard inside the store.  Once there, police found evidence of gunfire, but said nobody was struck. However, at least two suspects, who police believe are men, started fighting the store’s clerk before stealing some items and fleeing the scene, according to police.  Officers said the store employee sustained minor cuts and scrapes during the incident.  No arrests have been made.

The CEO of a company that recently halted construction of a new hub just outside Rochester said the decision to put the project on pause happened quickly, amid escalating costs and “complex financing.”  Li-Cycle announced a $375 million loan commitment from the U.S. Department of Energy in February to help finance the construction of a lithium-ion battery facility at Eastman Business Park in Greece. The facility was projected to bring 270 new jobs to the Rochester area. The company abruptly stopped construction last month.  CEO Ajay Kochhar said Thursday that the cost to build the facility quickly became much higher than expected.  Construction workers said they had no warning that they would be out of a job — showing up to work one day and being told the project was on pause.  Kochhar said the company still plans to open a facility at the site, using a revised plan. He hopes to share an update on the project’s future by February.

The civil service exams may stay at no cost after a bump in the number of applications when they were waived this year.  25 dollars was the normal price and had been since 2011.  This year it was decided to waive the fee to see if more people would come take the test.  And they did.  The number of applicants was up 31 percent this year.  The county has struggled to attract candidates for several departments over the last couple of years, including the sheriff’s office, which is growing with a new, larger jail facility in progress, and the mental health department.  The trial period was to run from June 1, to Dec. 31, 2022, and is current through all of 2023. The Ways & Means Committee agreed on Wednesday to push it onward through 2024 and 2025.

A Muckdogs player has signed a contract to move to sunnier climes and continue his career toward the Major Leagues.  Jack Keeler, who played with the Muckdogs for 6 games last season as pitcher, has signed on with the Missoula Paddleheads, affiliated with the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Keeler won four of his six games & finished with a 2.06 ERA. 6’3 and weighing 210 pounds, Jack Keeler is a pitcher from the University of Fort Lauderdale. Keeler, in his sophomore season, made some giant improvements lowering his ERA from a 4.63 to a 2.41.

The Drought continues in western NY with the amount of precipitation being significantly lower than most years.  It is harder to notice it in the cold of late fall but western NY is roughly 4 inches below normal for this time of year.  With fewer crops in the ground the need for water isn’t enough to spur any use advisories.  Time will tell what rain or snow we get moving into the holidays.

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