Rochester News Blotter

Rochester News Blotter

Secular groups are accussing the town of Greece of excluding minority religions and atheists. The new addition to the controversial –prayer law now stated that if any Greece resident of faith who regularly attends a meeting can request a prayer before the meeting begins. People are upset because the new law does not mention minority groups or an atheist which is different from the Supreme Court ruling earlier this year.

An Amish community is building a new garage for the northern New York couple who returned two kidnapped Amish girls to their home.  Jeffrey and Pamela Stinson tell the Watertown Daily Times that the garage at their home in St. Lawrence County recently burned down while they were on vacation in Maine.  The family of the abducted girls plans to build the Stinsons a new garage later this week. Police say the Amish sisters, ages 7 and 12, were abducted from their family’s property in Oswegatchie on August 13. Officials say they were held captive by a man and a woman who freed them the next day, when the girls showed up at the Stinson home. The suspects were arrested Aug. 15 and charged with kidnapping.

There is new information about a Brockport fire lieutenant accused in a mail fraud scheme. Federal investigators say Steven Ray had at least seven bank accounts where he stashed the money. The accounts were opened under the name “Steray of Rochester Incorporated” at Chase, M&T, First Niagara, ESL Federal Credit Union and Brockport Federal Credit Union. Investigators say he deposited checks into those accounts that were not made out to him. Ray is also accused of depositing an IRS check worth nearly $34,000 that was not made out to him into an account for a deli in Gates he owns. Investigators say Ray claimed the rightful owner of the check gave him permission to do so for a down payment on a property — a claim the deli manager denies. Ray is accused of stealing nearly $400,000.

The Democrat and Chronicle has a user submitted showcase called “Picture this Rochester” meant to showcase the city aand its residents. This month’s topic is cats, so show us your cats. The hashtag is #dandccats and the paper asks you to have your cameras on you at all times, film them sleeping as well as awake and to not be afraid to photograph different body parts

The University of Rochester has purchased a “newly discovered” collection of letters between Susan B. Anthony and her friend and fellow women’s rights activist, Rachel Foster Avery. The materials in the collection, which date from 1881 through the turn of the century, include more than 60 autographed and typed letters, signed cabinet cards and photographs, and other related material, and will supplement an existing collection of letters between the two women held in the school library’s Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation. UR purchased the items on Aug. 19 from two auction houses — the American Eagle Auction and Appraisal Company in Livonia, Michigan and the Super Action in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

New York State will hold a $40 million competition designed to spur research and development of independent power grids that would allow local communities to keep the lights on during power failures. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the New York Prize competition, which would award funding to companies or utilities that suggest the best ways to create so-called “microgrids.” Microgrids are small power systems that are able to function independently when storms or other emergencies knock out electricity. Cuomo’s office says microgrids can help communities keep the power on for hospitals, schools, water plants and even homes when the main electrical grid isn’t working. They rely on local electrical generation including wind and solar power. The competition is being launched this fall.

Caruthers was released from state prison after serving two thirds of his sentence for robbery. Police say within 24 hours of his release, he raped a 14 year old girl in broad daylight near the Liberty Pole.  The victim was able to give police a description of the attacker and they quickly arrested 23-year old Michael Caruthers. Caruthers lists the Salvation Army half-way house on Liberty Pole way as his home address.

Paychex Inc. was named to Forbes Magazine’s list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies, this according to our news partner at the Rochester Business Journal. The Penfield-based payroll and Human Resources Services Company made the list at No. 76, with more than 8% sales growth in the past year. According to the Rochester Business Journal, this is the company’s first appearance on the list. Paychex was the only company to make the list from the business and personal services industry.