Thursday News Brief
Written by Doug Thompson on September 14, 2023
A youth pastor has pleaded guilty to attempting to take videos of a young girl to make child pornography. 39-year-old Nathan Rogers of East Aurora set up cameras in a camper at Six Flags Darien Lake Amusement Park and then invited a minor girl to change out of her bathing suit inside the camper. She discovered the cameras, attempted to delete images and then called 911. Authorities found nude pictures of the girl on the phones. Rogers pleaded guilty to attempted receipt of child pornography, which carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 years, and a fine of $250,000.
32-year-old Brandon Baker of Kendall has pleaded guilty to criminal mischief. He caused $651 damage to a sink and faucet in the Orleans County Jail. Baker received 1 to 3 years for that crime. He also pleaded guilty to obstruction of breathing and received 364 days in the County Jail, to be served concurrently with the other sentence. Baker used his forearm to pin a woman against a wall, making it difficult for her to breathe. At sentencing, the woman spoke, saying she feared for her safety. She advocated for the maximum sentence. The judge issued an order of protection for her until 2034. Baker acknowledged he has anger issues and has been taking anger management classes while in the jail. He also apologized to the victim and to the county for the damage to the jail.
21-year-old Isaiah Marsh of Medina was arraigned on two counts each of criminal sexual act and sexual abuse, as well as endangering the welfare of a child. He allegedly had sexual contact with an underage girl. Marsh was held on bail; the judge also issued a stay-away order.
State officials are urging New Yorkers to get the new COVID-19 vaccine shot that’s going to be available by the end of this week. They’re making this request due to an ongoing increase in the spread of the illness. Right now, there are no plans to put any mask or vaccine mandates in place. Nursing homes are being required to make the new shot available to residents.
The Strong National Museum Hall of Fame in Rochester has announced the toys that are candidates for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame. Among the list of 12 are Battleship, Connect Four, baseball cards, Bingo, Nerf toys, slime and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. People can vote online for their favorites until September 20th. The winning toys will be made public in November.
Governor Hochul has signed new legislation that’s aimed at cracking down on those annoying telemarketing calls. The measure will help reduce the number of those calls by almost doubling the maximum fine telemarketers who violate the Do Not Call Registry will have to pay. Last year, the governor also approved a bill giving people the chance to be added to a company’s do-not-call list at the beginning of telemarketing calls. She says this new law sends a message that New York won’t tolerate these calls.
Two Niagara County daycare workers are in trouble with the law after being accused of abusing children. According to investigators, 22-year-old Victoria Stanton and 66-year-old Karon Anterline used excessive force against kids. Stanton and Anterline were employed at the Sweet Angels Daycare in Newfane at the time these alleged crimes occurred. Both are charged with child endangerment and are due back in court later this month.
Delaware North has revealed the brand-new food items that are going to be available to Buffalo Bills fans at Highmark Stadium this season. Among the items that can be purchased include gluten-free wraps, a brisket sandwich, spicy chicken sandwich, and a build-your-own hot dog bar. These food offerings will be at various locations throughout the stadium. The first home game for the Bills is this Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders.
One of the most popular basketball teams on the planet will be taking the court in Rochester next year. The Harlem Globetrotters are set to battle the Washington Generals at the Blue Cross Arena on February 3rd. Since being founded in 1926, the Globetrotters have played in over 120 countries and been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Tickets go on sale later this month the box office or through Ticketmaster.
The United Auto Workers Union is preparing for a strike against Detroit’s Big Three automakers. On Wednesday, union president Shawn Fain ruled out any extension of the existing contracts with GM, Ford and Stellantis after they expire Thursday night. Fain said, “September 14th is a deadline, not a reference point.”
Former President Trump will be taping an interview today for NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Sources tell CNN that the interview to air this Sunday will be taped at Trump’s Bedminster golf club in New Jersey. NBC News says it’s being pre-taped so that Trump’s claims can be fact-checked and put in context.
A Vincent van Gogh painting worth millions was returned this week, more than three years after it was stolen from a museum in the Netherlands. A thief used a sledgehammer to break into the museum on March 30th, 2020, the Dutch post-impressionist’s birthday, and walked out with the 1884 painting under his arm. An anonymous tipster returned it on Monday to Dutch art crime detective Arthur Brand.
Inflation is jumping. New data reveals the Consumer Price Index increased 3.7%, up from 3.2% in July. The CPI is the best measure of inflation, measuring consumer prices of anything from groceries to gas.
Today is Thursday, September 14th, the 257th day of the year.
September 14 in history…
…In 1741, composer George Frederic Handel completed “The Messiah.” The piece is also known as “The Hallelujah Chorus.” It became one of his most popular works.
…In 1814, Francis Scott Key composed the lyrics to “The Star Spangled Banner” after watching the British bombard Maryland’s Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.
…In 1901, President William McKinley died of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin. He was 58. Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in as the 26th and youngest man to serve as President at age 42.
…In 1939, the VS-300, the world’s first practical helicopter, took flight at Stratford, Connecticut. Designed by Igor Sikorsky and built by a division of the United Aircraft Corporation, the helicopter was the first to incorporate a single main rotor and tail rotor design.
…In 1978, “Mork and Mindy,” starring Robin Williams and Pam Dawber, debuted on ABC.
…In 1985, “The Golden Girls” starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty, debuted on NBC. The lead actresses all won Emmy Awards – Arthur, McClanahan and White won the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and Getty won for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
…In 1994, a strike by players in the Major League Baseball forced the World Series to be canceled. The strike was over salary cap and other pending changes to the league.
…In 2009, Hollywood star Patrick Swayze died after a 20-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57. Swayze’s memorable film roles include “Dirty Dancing,” “Ghost,” “Road House,” “Point Break” and “The Outsiders.”