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.

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.


Women Struck by Car and Toxic Masculinity Workshop

By Allan Frei

A woman was struck by a car and killed on Genesee County Boulevard on Monday around 11:30. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver stayed and was fully cooperative. Police have yet to release the names of the victim and person responsible. Rochester police Captain Elwood has said no charges will be filed.

As a part of sexual assault awareness month, activist and actor Tim Collins will be hosting “The Toxic Masculinity and Rape Culture Workshop,” this Thursday, April 19th in Eagle’s Lookout. In his words, “it will explore the socially-constructed attitudes that may encourage men to behave in unemotional, aggressive, or violent ways.” It is recommended that interested people RSVP with Colleen Holcomb.

Fairport Brewing’s Expansion, UR Medicine to Perform Liver Transplants and Weekend Events

By Imani Coaxum 

The Fairport Brewing company’s plan to expand is causing controversy. The owner, Tim Garman wanted to expand the structure to create more outdoor and balcony space, but the construction plan wasn’t meeting historical guidelines. The project was shot down by the Fairport Village Historic Preservation Committee.

This summer the Golisano Children’s Hospital is launching a new program to help treat children with serious liver problems. The hospital staff plans to perform liver transplants for the young patients. This means that children around the area who need the transplant will no longer have to travel far for it.

The African Student Union will be hosting their annual art show Saturday evening at 7 P.M. in the Union Ballroom. Tickets are still on sale for two dollars. Later that evening they will be hosting an after party in the ballroom as well. Tickets for that are one dollar.

Buffalo Students Rally For Gun Control, Women Taking Over Rugby, and Welcome Week Volunteers Needed

By Kayla Green @KaylaGreen04

Students around Western New York are working to make a change in their local government regarding gun violence. Students part of the group “Students for Action” held a town hall style meeting in Buffalo Saturday. Community members were able to speak and voice their concerns about how to prevent mass shootings. Local lawmakers such as Congressman Brian Higgins, Congressman Chris Collins and congressional candidate and Grand Island town supervisor Nate MacMurray attended the meeting.

Women are taking over the rugby world. The sport is bringing more than a thousand players from 10 different states and Canada right here to Western New York, many of them women. Female players say they like that it’s the only sport in the world where all the rules are the same for boys and girls.

Student Union and Activities is looking for Welcome Week Assistants. Interested students should be upbeat, positive, and willing to help new students settle in to Brockport. Volunteers also must be available during Welcome Week, which is August 22 through August 29. If you’re interested, you can apply on myBROCKPORT by April 20.

What’s Up? What’s Down? 4:6

Jesse McCartney is back? Ryan and Blake divorce rumors? The Weekend almost gave Selena his kidney? A lot happens in a few weeks!! Catch up with What’s Up? What’s Down? with Casandra and Sage

Damaging High Winds In Western New York and A Fatal Officer Involved Shooting

By Johnny Nixon @John_R_Nixon

Extremely high gusts of wind throughout Western New York caused problems yesterday. Rochester Gas & Electric reported over 10,000 residents without power, and Monroe County issued a ban to keep trucks off of county roads. The up to 60 mile per hour winds toppled 6 trailer trucks around the Rochester area, causing segments of major roads and highways to close at points during the day

A man was shot and killed by a police officer in Greece today. Police responded to a call made by the man around 2 am, in which he threatened to kill his wife. The first officer on the scene was met by the man carrying the rifle, who refused to drop the weapon and then proceeded to point it at the officer. The officer then shot the man, who was pronounced dead on the scene. Investigations are ongoing.

News 4 Brockport 4/4/18

This week, Hannah and Terrence talk about BSG’s new special elections, 2 guest speakers that came to campus, letters for hope through Prevention and Outreach Services, and more.

Governor Cuomo’s new gun law proposal and Papa Johns shocking change in Rochester

By Madeline Tyrrell @maddyttweets

New York announces a plan to prevent domestic abusers from owning firearms.

The plan will not only toughen gun control laws, but require those convicted of domestic abuse to surrender all firearms.

Villanova beats Michigan 79-62 for their second national championship in three years. The historic win on April second is the third national championship win for the team which includes wins in 1985 and 2016.

Papa Johns closes all Rochester branches. On Monday all Papa John’s stores closed without warning. According to a note left on the door by sole member Schuyler Lofberg,  “It’s come to an abrupt ending due to the heavy headwinds put upon us by New York State,” the note continued. “We will not be the last to fall under this current business climate.”

New Missing Person App, Power outage in Gates, and MLK Jr. Memorial Lecture

By Imani Coaxum

After the recent Trayvon Rowe tragedy, local company Simple Tech Solutions is developing an app to allow people to sign up and receive a picture message with a description if a child or adult was to go missing. The project is called the Roc Alerts Program and Andrew Hollister developer and owner of Simple Tech Solutions has already received positive feedback from the project.

More than 150 RG&E customers in Gates lost power after a car hit a utility pole Tuesday night. The driver crashed into the pole around 1 in the morning by Spencerport Road and Long Pond Road. The car flipped over onto its roof. After the driver got out of his car, he was taken away by police. There is no word on any charges yet.

Next Monday evening is the the annual Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Lecture. This year’s speaker is award winning journalist Dr. Marc Lamont Hill. The event serves to bring a scholarly examination of the African American experience to the Brockport campus and communities surrounding.

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