Wednesday News Brief
Written by Doug Thompson on November 15, 2023
A former school administrator at the Gow School in South Wales is looking at a possible 20-year prison sentence after being arrested and charged with possession of child pornography. 50-Year-old Matthew Fisher was arrested after the school’s I.T. department found that he had accessed web pages with pictures and videos of naked young boys performing sexual acts on each other. The information was provided to the FBI. The images have timestamps that range from January 2019 through September 2023 and some of the images allegedly appear to be from a covert camera and depict clothed, male children in a bedroom believed to be on campus of The Gow School. Fisher has been terminated from his position. He has made an initial court appearance and is being held pending a detention hearing on Friday.
An arrest has been made in connection with a deadly hit-and-run that happened near Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park. Authorities say 32-year-old Khairullah Hasein was working as an Amazon delivery driver on Monday night when he struck a 65-year-old Rochester man and left the scene. The victim was rushed to a hospital but couldn’t be saved. Hasein is facing multiple charges and officials say there’s no evidence that speed, drugs or alcohol were factors in this tragedy. Police say that the only reason Hasein is being charged is that he fled the scene of the accident. If convicted, he could face up to seven years behind bars.
Hyundai is going to be installing anti-theft software in vehicles later this week in Rochester. Owners can get the software from 8:00am until 5:00pm both Friday and Saturday in Lot D across from Innovative Field. There is no cost to attend the event, which is part of a push by Hyundai to prevent its vehicles from being stolen due to not having proper theft protection. The installation is expected to take about 30 minutes.
Governor Hochul has declared November to be Adoption Awareness Month in New York State. She also revealed yesterday an additional $7 million in state funding is being made available to support adoption-related services. Money will be used by the state’s Office of Children and Family Services for things like recruiting adoptive parents. The governor says, as a mother herself, she understands how important a stable household is for a child’s development.
The Buffalo Bills have made a change to their coaching staff after announcing Ken Dorsey has been replaced as offensive coordinator. The move was made yesterday, just hours after the Bills suffered a disappointing 24 to 22 home loss to the Denver Broncos. Quarterbacks coach Joe Brady will serve as interim offensive coordinator until a permanent hire is made. The Bills have a record of five wins and five losses this season and their next game is Sunday against the New York Jets.
The Buffalo Sabres are now on two-game losing streak after being beaten at home by one of the best teams in the NHL. Victor Olofsson scored both of Buffalo’s goals as the Sabres fell to the Boston Bruins 5 to 2 at KeyBank Center last night. Sabres goaltender Devon Levi stopped just 13 of 18 shots before being pulled from the game. Buffalo’s next contest is on Friday in Winnipeg against the Jets. The puck drops at 8:00.
Six people are dead and 18 more are injured after a crash involving a charter bus carrying high school students in Ohio. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said crash happened Tuesday morning on Interstate-70 when the bus was rear-ended by a semi-truck east of Columbus. Five vehicles, including the bus, were involved.
Unionized Starbucks baristas are planning to hold a major strike this week. Thousands of employees across the nation will hit the picket lines Thursday on the company’s so-called Red Cup Day, a popular promotional event when Starbucks gives out holiday-themed reusable cups. Workers are accusing the company of refusing to fairly negotiate at cafes that voted to organize. Starbucks claims it’s the union that is not bargaining in good faith.
The Beatles are making chart history again. The Fab Four have a new song on the Billboard charts, called “Now and Then.” It debuted at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100, making it their 35th track to hit the top ten. It also extends their record as the group with the most top ten hits (with the Rolling Stones in second place with 23 top ten hits).
The Federal Reserve will likely make deep cuts to interest rates this spring. That’s according to a new estimate from UBS Investment Bank. The cuts could come as early as March. UBS said easing inflation could pave a way for a 2.75% decrease in the interest rate over the year. That would almost halve the current nearly 5.5% rate.
Today is Sunday, November 12th, the 319th day of the year.
November 15 in history…
…In 1926, the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) debuted with a network of 24 stations.
…In 1937, air conditioning was used in the U.S. House and Senate chambers for the first time.
…In 1959 Johnny and the Moondogs, who later became known as The Beatles, auditioned for the British Show, The TV Star Search in Lancashire. They advanced from the first round, but had to go home and not perform the second day because they had no money for a hotel room.
…In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.