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.
Rochester Man Flees Scene After Accident, House Fire in Riga and Campus Events This Weekend
Rochester Police arrested a man for drunk driving and leaving the scene of the accident Thursday morning. They say at around 1:45 a.m. the man hit a car by the intersection of Upper Falls Boulevard and St Paul Street. This caused one of the cars to hit a utility pole. The man tried to drive away, but was followed by a woman in another car until he was arrested by police. The suspect’s name has not yet been released.
Multiple fire departments were called Wednesday evening at around 11:30 p.m for a home that caught fire overnight. A family in Riga was forced out of their home on Jenkins Road after it caught fire that night. The fire is believed to have started in the laundry room and spread throughout the rest of the house according to investigators. The sound of the smoke detectors woke the family up inside allowing them to get out safely.
Next Thursday The Walk Your Way: Fashion Club will be hosting their 90s Day Party: Space Jam edition at 2:30 pm in the Union Ballroom. Students can come dressed in their best 90s outfits for a chance to win prizes and enter tickets into a raffle. Tickets are on sale at the box office for 1 dollar. Following that event, they will then be hosting their Pajama Jam after party at 7pm, tickets for that are free.
Nine arrested following Brockport hazing investigation
By News 4’s Kayla Green @KaylaGreen04
Nine people, including six students, have been arrested following a hazing investigation at The College at Brockport.
University Police at the college and the Brockport Police Department arrested and charged the individuals with various misdemeanors on Wednesday.
The charges range from hazing to serving alcohol to minors to animal cruelty. Police say a rat was kept in a cage and was used to put fear into the people pledging the fraternity.
“They basically tortured the rat as an example of what would happen if someone came forward. A hammer was used in one instance, and a fist in another instance. It’s nasty, it’s despicable, it’s disgusting, and I can see what someone would be afraid of that,” officers said.
These arrests are a result of a months-long hazing investigation.
Last week, officers detained students part of an unrecognized fraternity, known as the Delts, for questioning. Police searched the house last Wednesday evening.
Officials say they have been working with the landlord and that they have been very cooperative.
College officials were very clear that this organization has not been recognized by the college since 2001.
Parents and students are told at summer orientation about these unrecognized fraternities. The college is transparent about the fact that they exist, and warn students not to join them.
Police say it is difficult to bring about an investigation like this because they need a victim who is willing to go through the entire process.
The following people were arrested:
Andrew William Peterson: charged with penal law-hazing first degree (2) counts; criminal nuisance second degree (2) counts; assault third degree-intent to cause physical injury; unlawfully dealing with a child first degree (alcohol)
Nickolas Antonio Buffa: charged with agriculture and markets law-torture/injure/not feed animal; penal law-hazing first degree.
Jacob Benjamen Manolt: charged with penal law-hazing first degree; criminal nuisance second degree.
Jacob William Parker: charged with penal law-hazing first degree; criminal nuisance second degree; unlawfully dealing with a child first degree (alcohol).
Mussey Tesfai Tella: charged with penal law-hazing first degree (2) counts; criminal nuisance second degree (2) counts; assault third degree-intent to cause physical injury.
Leo Woon Keul Chai: charged with agriculture and Markets Law-Torture/Injure/Not feed animal; Penal law-hazing first degree; criminal nuisance second degree; assault third degree-intent to cause physical injury.
Connor Brett Reed: charged with penal law-criminal possession of a controlled substance seventh degree; hazing first degree; criminal nuisance second degree.
Brian Christopher Halpin: charged with penal law-hazing first degree; criminal nuisance second degree.
Tyler Francis Ryan: charged with penal law-hazing first degree; criminal nuisance second degree.
Police say they are still talking to people about the incident, and will continue to do so as long as is necessary.
Eight of the nine of the arrested individuals are scheduled to appear in the Brockport Village Court Friday at 2 p.m.
University Police Investigate Brockport Hazing Allegations
By News 4’s: Kayla Green @KaylaGreen04
University Police at the College at Brockport detained students part of an unrecognized fraternity for questioning Wednesday evening.
Officials at the college say a search warrant was issued at the fraternity house, which border the Brockport campus. This was part of an ongoing investigation involving hazing.
Members of the fraternity, known as the Delts, were inside when police arrived. This fraternity has not been recognized by the college since 2001.
University police raided the house and the officers say what they found inside was shocking.
“It looked terrible. It’s not any sort of house that I would want my children living in.”
Three students were seen heading back to the house from the University Police station around 1 a.m. Thursday morning.
The college said in a statement, “We regularly educate and warn students and their parents of the dangers associated with such unrecognized groups and will continue to do so. We have zero tolerance for this group’s behavior.”
“We regularly educate and warn students and their parents of the dangers associated with such unrecognized groups and will continue to do so. We have zero tolerance for this group’s behavior.”
We will continue to keep you updated on this developing story.
News Minute 10/24
By News 4’s: Kayla Green @KaylaGreen04
Brockport’s Take Back the Night march is happening Tuesday evening. This international event raises awareness to end sexual violence against women. The group will march through campus and the village beginning at 7 p.m.
A New York State assemblywoman wants to protect models from sexual harassment. Nily Rozic wants to amend the state’s anti-discrimination law, which would make designers, photographers, retailers, and others responsible for any abuse that happens on their watch. Currently, many models do not have good legal protection because they are considered independent contractors.
The funeral for the Buffalo Police diver who drowned on a training mission in the Niagara River two weeks ago will take place Wednesday morning. Officer Craig Lehner will be honored at Key Bank Center and then a procession will walk from the arena to Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Terry and Kim Pegula, owner of the Buffalo Sabres and Bills, are covering all costs of the service. Buffalo Police say they are expecting around 5,000 uniformed personnel to attend.