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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Three Rochester residents are accused of using newspaper obituaries to burglarize funeral attendees’ cars.  Deputies say they arrested Bruce Newton, Cearra Campbell and Chelsea O’Hare for breaking into cars in Monroe, Ontario and Livingston counties.   They’re suspected in dozens of break ins.  They’re jailed in Livingston County on larceny and criminal mischief charges but more charges are expected to be filed.

A bit of Germany—coming to Geneseo next week. Organizers have been busy planning for the first Oktoberfest on Center Street on September 30th from 2:00 to 7:00 rain or shine. The street will be shut down for the event. Those attending—who are encouraged to wear traditional Bavarian dress—will get to enjoy German music, food and—of course beer. There’s more information on the Geneseo Oktoberfest facebook page.

If you come to an intersection and you see a flashing yellow arrow, what do you do? Some drivers are asking themselves that question as the state rolls out those new directionals at some intersections—with more on the way. As of now, they’re in Ontario, Monroe, Yates and Steuben Counties and officials say they may add them in other places too. To answer the question—drivers seeing a yellow flashing arrow can make the turn shown—as long as its safe to do so—because oncoming traffic has the right of way.

Republican assembly minority leader Brian Kolb says he’s likely to run for governor next year. Kolb—who represents Ontario County and part of Seneca county—says he is seriously considering a run, saying Governor Andrew Cuomo’s policies have been detrimental to the state—and especially upstate. Kolb has been in the assembly since 2000.

 Governor Cuomo is taking a major infrastructure step in preparation of legislation to raise the age of criminal responsibility in New York.  Governor Cuomo yesterday announced that they will begin accepting close to 100-million-dollars in construction bids to expand or update juvenile justice facilities Upstate including the Industry Residential Center in the Town of Rush.  Cuomo says that it’s critical to invest in facilities that help rehabilitate teens who need it.  In October of 2018 the law will go into effect for 16-year-olds and the next year for 17-year-olds as well. 

And the Red Cross says it is ready as two more major disasters strike. The group says it will do what it can for the people of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean—who and getting battered by Hurricane Maria—and for the people of Mexico—who are dealing with a second major earthquake in two weeks. The latest quake has killed dozens of people—and dozens more are reported still trapped in the wreckage. It may be days before we know the devastation caused by Maria because communication with some islands has been cut off.