Shots Fired On King Street

By: Alanna Dovidio

RAVE Alert sent out Sunday morning.

SUNY Brockport students say they are left feeling unsafe after shots were fired on King Street early Sunday morning.

Officers were dispatched to King Street at 2 a.m. on Sunday after two gunshots were fired. According to a statement from the Brockport Police Department made on Sunday, the handgun that was used has been obtained by police. The investigation is ongoing, and no suspects are in custody. No injuries were reported.  Despite this, students say they are left feeling unsettled.

This latest instance of gun violence is on the heals of a state of emergency in Rochester due to gun violence. Rochester has a total of 74 homicides this year which is the most ever recorded. According to an article by Rochester First, the Rochester homicide rate has increased 126% in the last five years.

King Street is filled with college housing and is known to be a popular party spot for students. Hundreds of students were out partying Saturday night into Sunday morning.  

SUNY Brockport senior Brody Reardon lived on King Street for two years. He explained how lively the street was, especially on weekends.

“There were constantly parties and crowds of kids on the street. It was always busy on weekends and a lot of my neighbors threw big parties at their houses,” Reardon said.

“Since King Street is so close to the bars I would see drunk students get into fights on the street all the time. A lot of fights would happen right outside of my house and I would watch from the window. But nothing serious like this ever happened,” Reardon said.

At 3 a.m. a text alert was sent out to students through the Rave campus alert system. The text read “SUNY Brockport Alert: Incident on King Street. Two-gun shots fired. Suspect at-large.”

SUNY Brockport Senior Nikki DiTullio was just one block over at the Red Jug Pub on Clinton Street when the incident occurred.

DiTullio recalls multiple students’ reactions.

“Everybody started to panic and not want to go outside. We could see from the alley that there were a ton of cop cars. Rumors were spreading about what was happening, so we didn’t know what was true,” DiTullio said.

DiTullio says she was panicking while trying to locate her friends. Her friends huddled in front of businesses on Main Street after officers instructed them to seek shelter. She says that she was able to gather all her friends and make it home safely.

“It looked like the whole police force was out there. We saw a cop car on the corner of every street going down to Monroe. We also saw Ogden Police Department had officers there to help,” DiTullio said.

According to the statement released by The Brockport Police Department they had help from SUNY Brockport University Police, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and Ogden Police Department.

Statement from the Village of Brockport Police Department.

“They secured the weapon but it is unsettling that the suspect is still out there and somehow nobody can find him with all that police force around,” DiTullio said.

SUNY Brockport has responded to this incident by sending an email on behalf of the Police Department and offering counseling to students to who are experiencing trauma and anxiety.

As of now the investigation is still ongoing and no suspects are in custody.

Brockport Central has decisive win on Senior night

By Kenneth Sauer

BROCKPORT, N.Y. – It was Senior Night for the Brockport High School boy’s varsity soccer team. A pre-game ceremony was held honoring the 14 seniors on the Brockport roster. After that, it seemed the Brockport Blue Devils decided that they were going to make their Senior Night one to remember. 

On Wednesday, Oct. 6, the Blue Devils dominated in their home match against the Canandaigua Academy Braves.  Brockport outscored their Monroe league divisional rival 4-1. Several seniors had shined in the process.

These two teams met earlier in the season, with Brockport taking the win 2-1 over the Braves. Tonight the Blue Devil’s picked up right where they left off. 

Midfielder Jacob Miller kicked off the scoring for the Devils making a goal off an assist by fellow senior midfielder Austin Davis. Putting the Blue Devils up 1-0 in the opening seven minutes ( 33:37 on the clock). Brockport’s second goal came at the 34-minute mark ( 6:49 on the clock) as senior Samuel Bonisteel scored a goal to put the team up 2-0 to close out the half. 

During the second half, the Brave’s lone goal came off the foot of senior Yohan Colman in the opening six minutes which put the Braves on the board 2-1. 

However, this motivated Brockport even more as just 29 seconds later the Blue Devils took the ball down the field culminating in J.Miller making a deflection goal by kicking the ball into the leg of a Canandaigua player causing the ball to bounce inside the Braves’ own goal. This put Brockport up 3-1 with 34:08 on the clock. Brockport secured their win by finding the net one last time, thanks to Sam Bonisteel who scored the final goal in the closing three minutes, making the final score 4-1.

Other highlights came from senior goalkeeper Hayden Watt who made five saves in the second half. Another monster save came from senior defender Liam Fitzpatrick who headed the ball mid-air out of bounds in front of his own goal to prevent a Braves score.  

“ These guys have been working extremely hard…we set some goals at the beginning of the season…to finish above .500 and to get a home sectional game and right now it’s in their hands if we continue to play the way we’ve been playing.” Head coach Jeffery Phillips stated.

Brockport’s overall record after tonight will be 8-5 ( 4-4 in divisional play). They are currently holding onto the No.5 seed in sectional standings. If past sectional seeding patterns remain true ( all this according to ) should grant them a home playoff game. With three more games left in the regular season, both those goals are close to being met.

“ I think we’re playing a lot better in our attack in third we’re getting more creative in our attack in third…When you have a kid on our team…who is upward of 16 or 17 points goals in Jacob Miller…it makes a big difference.” Phillip said speaking highly of his senior captain.

“ I just wanted to get a positive result regardless of who scores…Just wanted to get a win on Senior Night for everyone.” J. Miller said after the game. 

“It’s always nice to win on Senior Night. Not just for me but for the other seniors.”  Fitzpatrick said. 

It was a night that truly meant a lot to the players. Especially after the seniors from the previous year were unable to have their Senior Night.

Up next, the Blue Devils are on the road to take on divisional rival Greece-Athena on Friday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. 

News 4 Brockport 5/2/18

In the final newscast of the semester, we tell you who won the BSG election, what the Brockport Village Police are doing to keep campus safe, and how Brockport students are helping teach kids at the local middle school.

Purple Run, Wing Fest, and Trash to Treasure

By Maddy Tyrell @maddyttweets

On Wednesday May, 2nd, Brockport will be hosting the purple run 4k change. The run, which supports relationship violence awareness will take place at 5:30 on the campus mall. The event is free for students and 5 dollars for faculty, staff and community. Students can register at the event or online.

On Friday May 4th Brockport will be hosting its annual wingfest. The event will take place on the campus mall. There will be wings from local venues, along with henna tattoos, popcorn snow cones and vegan options available as well.

The Office of Community development is looking for volunteers for the annual trash for treasure collection. Donation bins are located in every residence hall for people to donate unwanted food, clothes, and appliances as they move out this semester. The items are then redistributed to 30 different local nonprofits. There are multiple shifts and volunteer positions available from May 3rd to the 14th. Interested students, faculty and staff can email or go to Seymour College Union 203.


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