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Rochester man charged with criminal possession of a weapon

Two Rochester Police Officers, on patrol to address the recent violence in the 19th Ward, arrested a man who they say had a gun.

Police say officers Kevin Moore and Patrick Giancurso were on patrol on Chili Avenue and Thurston Road early Saturday morning when they spotted a suspicious man. Police say the officers attempted to talk with the man, who was identified as 18-year-old Michael McMurty, of Rochester, but McMurty took off running. Officers were able to apprehend McMurty a short time later. 

While investigating, officers discovered McMurty had a handgun in his possession. He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon.



Rochester Police officers interrupt assault in progress

Two Rochester Police officers are being credited for interrupting an assault in progress.

Police say two tactical unit officers, Matt Bennetti and Daryl Pierson, were on routine patrol on Ravine Avenue on Friday evening when they observed two men, 18-year-olds Quamayne Cooper and Brian Johnson, physically assaulting a person with a weapon.

When the two men saw police, they took off. Police were able to take them into custody a short time later.

Cooper and Johnson have been charged with assault and the victim was transported to Rochester General Hospital where he is in guarded condition.


RPD makes list of "50 Most Social Media Friendly Police Departments"

Is your local police department on Facebook or Twitter? The Rochester Police Department has been named one of the most social media friendly law enforcement agencies.

According to MPH Programs – a public health advocacy website – the RPD comes in at 47. The department has regular Twitter town hall meetings where you can tweet questions to officers.

Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard said, “What we've learned is that if you're not consistently putting information out, people lose interest in your sites, whether it's Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, you have to consistently put new things in there to keep people coming back to you.”

Fifty agencies were named on the list. The Dallas Police Department came in at number one.

Motorcycle catches fire on Route 104, operator charged with DWI

A 58-year-old Rochester man is facing DWI charges after his motorcycle caught fire on Route 104.

Police tell News10NBC two troopers were assisting another trooper with a traffic stop on eastbound Route 104 when a concerned citizen pulled over and informed them a motorcycle was on fire on westbound Route 104 and a man was trying to put it out.

According to investigators, when troopers arrived to help the man – Richard Schuldes, he tried to start his motorcycle while it was still smoking. Troopers say they could smell alcohol coming from the man.

Schuldes was subsequently charged with DWI and other vehicle and traffic violations.

Police: Man pushed woman out of vehicle, left her on side of the road

A 42-year-old Rochester man is under arrest after state police say he pushed a woman out of a vehicle and left her on the side of the road.

Ronald Morrow is charged with third-degree assault.

Troopers say Morrow and a woman got into a physical altercation while inside a vehicle early Sunday morning on I-490 west in Rochester. Investigators say he pushed her out of the vehicle and left her on the side of the road. According to police, while they were transporting the woman, they saw Morrow driving her vehicle and pulled him over. He was subsequently charged with DWI and other vehicle and traffic violations.

Morrow is due in court at a later date.

Man shot during robbery attempt on Holbrooke St.

Rochester Police say a man was shot during an attempted robbery on the city's north side.

Officers tell News10NBC they responded to Holbrooke Street near Portland Avenue at 11:15 p.m. Friday night for the report of a man shot. When they arrived they found a 32-year-old man who had been shot once in his upper torso.

According to police, the victim says he was approached by a man after he parked his car in the area. That man tried to rob the victim and shot him during the altercation.

The victim was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital and is currently in stable condition.

Police say the suspect was a large male and had something covering his face.

Rochester man charged with burglary at McNair Church

A 26-year-old Rochester man is facing charges after police say he broke into a church on North Goodman Street early Friday morning.

Isaac Hampton is charged with burglary and criminal mischief.

Police say they were investigating a burglary call at McNair Church when they heard movement from inside the building. Investigators say officers called to the suspect, asking him to come out and he eventually complied.